The Japanese on Halloween are starting to create their own traditions. However, that doesn’t mean they aren’t scary.
After all, if you’ve ever seen a Japanese horror movie, you know very well that they are great at giving scares.
And not only that, you have to fear the Japanese in this celebration because they take fantasy (and cosplay too) to another level. While you are having fun with the ready-made costume you bought somewhere, you can be sure that in Japan people are taking it much more seriously and putting together their looks so that they are unique and as real as possible.
So, here are some fun facts about Halloween in Japan for you to take it very seriously and get scared!
The Japanese on Halloween know how to have fun, and a lot!
The parties in Japan during this time of year are among the most incredible in the country. That’s because people go to the streets of major cities to drink and have fun. In addition, you can be sure that you can also get some scares from someone who is very well dressed.
It’s a real street party.
But don’t forget, it’s worth keeping an eye out so you don’t get scared!
The Japanese on Halloween also celebrate death, but in another way…
In the West, Halloween is closely linked to death, with its roots in the festivals of the dead as well as All Saints’ Day.
But in Japan it is not so; it is an imported US holiday. Thus, it does not have a close connection with death as Obon, making it a bit abstract in Japan. That doesn’t mean it can’t be spooky in Japan – there is an increase in the number of haunted houses during the fall, and many of them are terrifying.
However, as the attraction of resident Evil which is at Universal Studios Japan, they are not centered around yurei, but in zombies. There is still a clear distinction.
The Japanese on Halloween and the relationship with the 2011 Tsunami
In 2011 Japan was hit by a terrible earthquake followed by a tsunami that killed countless people and destroyed cities.
However, it is curious how that was an important year for the celebration of Halloween in the country.
According to the Japan Holiday Association, 2011 was the year that Halloween really took off. It was a dark year, thanks to the triple death blow of the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown in Fukushima. Then, in October, the levity seemed welcome.
The spread of social networks also helped. In 2016, Japanese people were spending more money on Halloween than on Valentine’s Day, an extremely popular day that is widely promoted by retailers.
Some neighborhoods have adopted modified “trick or treat” events, in which children go door-to-door asking residents for candy.
The Yakuza and Halloween in Japan
Another surprising and somewhat frightening fact is that the Japanese mafia uses the date to soften their image.
So, even the dreadful yakuza from Japan—most notably the Kobe-based uber gang, the Yamaguchi-gumi—came in, hosting elaborate Halloween parties for local kids.