As Halloween has its origin in my home country, I have observed Halloween in Japan with interest! They don’t celebrate it like at home: there is no trick or treating or halloween night bonfires; but they do mark the event and celebrate it in different ways.
This year, for the first time since I came in 2000, I went to a Halloween Parade. There were a number of parades over the weekend past, 25th & 26th October, but we met new friends at the one in Kawasaki. Kawasaki is a city on the Tokyo side of Kanagawa, a 10 minute train ride from Tokyo JR’s Shinagawa train station.
The parade started at 2.30pm and supposedly had around 3,000 participants. There were a lot of witches and pumpkin girls, but what’s halloween without them! If you are looking for a Halloween costume idea for this Friday, you might be inspired by some of the below!:
Movie characters Halloween costumes
Japanese Jack Sparrow look-a-like
No parade in Japan would be complete without some Disney and Anime characters:
Pumpkin Themed Halloween Costumes
All photos taken at the Kawasaki Halloween Parade 2008