Decorations go up in shopping malls and convenience stores around the country and candy makers produce Halloween special editions of Japanese treats. Despite the commercial promotion, Halloween in Japan is a quiet affair.
There is a great interest in Western holidays such as Halloween and some people put up decorations but that's about it. There is no trick-or-treat or jack-o-lantern carving and few Halloween parties. There are a few clubs in urban areas that have Halloween parties but these are only popular when Halloween happens to fall on a weekend.
Its really too bad that Halloween is not more of an event in Japan because Japanese people have a wonderful sense of fun as witnessed in their traditional festivals. Japanese also love to dress up in costumes so it would be a perfect holiday. Below are some photos of Halloween parties in the Tokyo and Kawasaki areas. Doesn't Japanese Halloween look fun!
Ronald McDonald Girls
Oiwa from Yotsuya Kaidan
Zombie Nurse Girl
Tokyo club district (Roppongi)
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