Halloween Okistyle: Costume Parade in American Village

I was wondering which version of thank you was most appropriate when leaving a restaurant: “Domo Arigato Gozaimasu” or “Domo Arigato Gozaimashita”.  However, the topic of our Japanese class seemed to just keep coming back to the most important question on everyone else’s minds: “Do they celebrate Halloween in Japan?”

Correct answer: yes.

Our teacher explained that they do not celebrate the way that we do in the States or go door to door asking strangers for candy (we can’t vouch for this as we were not at home) but after our experience last night, I feel confident in answering the question by saying, yes,  the Japanese absolutely celebrate Halloween.

Our scuba instructor had advised that if we had the night free we should walk over to American Village for the Halloween Costume Parade. This “parade” turned out to be a pageant of sorts with about 300 entries, over 30 judges with laptops, and a couple of thousand onlookers. The costumes ranged from predictable to downright brilliant, and I’m going to plead some Japanese ignorance for the ones just went right over my head.

Here are a few of my favorite pictures from a night of celebrating Halloween Okistyle.

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They weren’t messing around when it came to judging these costumes! There were several tents full of people with laptops scoring the contestants.

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He is really frustrated that our “family” didn’t have themed costumes. There’s always next year, Dane.
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7 thoughts on “Halloween Okistyle: Costume Parade in American Village”

    1. Thanks so much for stopping by. I agree! It’s amazing to see how the holiday has taken forms all over the world. It seems that so many cultures have their own celebrations of their ancestors, but in Japan, Halloween didn’t really take off until about 10 years ago. They actually celebrate their ancestors in August, but I suppose for a culture that loves costumes (anime, comic-con, yokai) Halloween just seemed like a great addition!

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