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Kawasaki Halloween Parade

2009 Kawasaki, Japan Halloween Parade float

Kawasaki is doing their annual Halloween festivities again this year. The spots for parade participants has been filled for a while now (only the first 3,500 to sign up can participate), but you can still go watch. Since Halloween isn’t a holiday in Japan, the parade will take place during the afternoon of October 30.

Happy Halloween!

The middle finger doesn’t mean anything in Japan so don’t read too much into this photo. For more Halloween costumes and such in Japan see this link.

That’s a wrap on 2009 Halloween

japanese girl blonde witch costume halloween japan

If you are sick of my Halloween shots then I have good news. Today I will finish the Halloween series.

ryan case and mc of kawasaki halloween parade
girl angel japan costume
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blonde japanese girl costume halloween

Halloween Festival in Japan – Part 3

japanese witch costume kawasaki halloween parade

Some more scenes from the Kawasaki Halloween Parade 2009 today…

Halloween at Baskin Robbins in Japan

Actually, this second pic is not from the parade. Instead it shows how Halloween fever has taken hold of an ordinary Baskin-Robbins ice cream store. Everything goes Halloween in the store and the Japanese come in to buy more than normal.

Japanese girl in pumpkin costume kawasaki halloween parade 2009

blue people japan cosplay halloween

Kawasaki Halloween Parade 2009 – Part 2

little japanese girl witch flies through crowd at kawasaki halloween parade

The little, Japanese girl on the right, dressed as a witch, looked to be taking off when the wind caught her cape.

Mr. and Mrs. Freddy Krueger costume kawasaki halloween parade japan

Ms. Krueger tried to take off my son’s face.

up float parade pixar halloween japan

The “Up” movie float started the parade. There were two large nets of balloons coming off the top before the parade began. One they let go to kick off the parade. The other had to be pulled in tight so they could get by trees, etc.

reverse trick-or-treat in japan japanese kids

These two, cute kids were doing some reverse trick-or-treating. They handed us candy and said “Happy Halloween” although it sounded more like ハッピーハロウィン. In any event, it brought a smile to my face.

What I eventually figured out, though, is that photos only come out well (with my camera anyway) pre- and post-parade when the subjects are still. During the parade video provides much better results.

Kawasaki Halloween Parade 2009 川崎 ハロウィン パレード

川崎 halloween parade ハロウィン パレード kawasaki japan 2009 balloon

For Halloween, my son and I took the train down to Kawasaki for probably the biggest Halloween event in Japan. I think I heard someone say 2009 was the 8th year they have been doing the Kawasaki Halloween Parade. Signs said that Kawasaki is Japan’s Halloween city. Kawasaki was smart to grab up this holiday as the Japanese seem to really be getting into Halloween.

I read somewhere that sales of Halloween goods were up between 20 and 40% this year in Japan. Somewhere else I read that items sitting on shelves quickly flew off the shelf once the packaging was changed to a Halloween theme.

The stores were packed and the crowds were large on Halloween in Kawasaki. The parade could probably be even bigger if they had the space. As it is now they limit the number of participants to 3,000 (3 groups of 1,000 with traffic let through in between the groups). Probably 20,000 – 30,000 spectators pour into Kawasaki, like us, to watch.

2009 kawasaki halloween parade crowd

The above photo is of a small piece of the crowd. The main reason I took this picture is because of the sign in the upper right corner though. Mizonokuchi (溝口) is a place in Kawasaki that I lived back in late 1988 and early 1989. New Year’s Eve 1988 was the last time I was at the Kawasaki Station. Nearly 21 years later I came back for a different holiday. I’ve gone through Kawasaki on the train many times since, but this was my first time setting foot down in the place since the 80s.

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I have loads of pictures and two more videos. You’ll get to see a few of the pictures and the other two videos if you check back over the next few days.

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