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Posts tagged halloween

Every day is Halloween in Harajuku

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While most Japanese don’t really dress up for Halloween or go trick-or-treating like people do in the states, some dress up whenever they go to Harajuku. Today’s photos were not taken on Halloween or at Halloween parties. These pictures are of typical Harajuku wear (cosplay or costume play).

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Halloween window displays

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The Japanese love pretty things; they love cute things; they love to decorate. They don’t really celebrate Halloween the way we do in the states (although they love to dress up as you’ll see in tomorrow’s entry), but you see more pretty and cute Halloween decorations here than you do in the states. You can also eat hundreds of different Halloween foods in Japan, and I’m not counting the candy. The above picture is of a window display (which has been up since mid-September) on Waseda Doori near Takadanobaba Station that I pass frequently.

Below is a photo taken of an underground store next to the Ginza Station on the Marunouchi Subway Line.

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Halloween – Hello Kitty Magic Pumpkin

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I have never seen so many pumpkins and Halloween decorations as I have this past month and a half in Japan. There was nothing even remotely Halloweenish 20 years ago in this country. Now Halloween is everywhere. Maybe 20 years from now there will be pilgrims and turkeys all over the place in November? I doubt it, but I certainly wouldn’t have predicted Halloween’s current Japanese fate back in 1989.

Halloween in Japan

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When I lived in Japan a couple of decades ago nothing was done for Halloween–no decorations, no costumes, no trick-or-treaters, nothing. It appears times have changed.

I don’t think trick-or-treating has caught on yet, but a flyer went up in our neighborhood for a Halloween costume parade (early in October–not on Halloween!) more than a week ago. The stores are already well stocked with Halloween decorations and goodies even though we are barely midway through September.

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Where else in the world, but Japan, can you find Hello Kitty Halloween goods and vampire Mickey Mouse?

Halloween in Ashland, Oregon

I know it’s the wrong time of year to be blogging about Halloween. But I’m stuck in a classroom with nothing to do at the moment as my students are all taking their final examinations for Intermediate Accounting, Part III. Don’t you wish you could join them? 😉

Anyway, my picture selection is rather limited here at work so I’m dipping back into a few pictures from Halloween 2003.

Treebeard halloween costume

The reason I have these old Halloween pictures at work is because I brought them in to show my class. I was expecting them to say things like, “Oh, isn’t that a great costume” or “Boy, that does look like Treebeard.” Instead, the first comment was, “Why is that kid drinking coffee?”

My son is actually drinking hot chocolate, purchased at Evo’s Coffee Lounge just behind him, as it was a very cold Halloween. We had just finished reading Lord of the Rings so he dressed up as Treebeard.

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This is one of my favorite pictures of my daughter. There was a band playing so she was actually dancing–hence the hip off to one side.

Halloween in Ashland is a big deal (as is New Year’s Eve and the Fourth of July). There is a huge parade featuring most of the kids and adults in town all in costume. People come from all over the Rogue Valley and Northern California. After the parade parties go on both downtown in the streets and around town pretty much all night long. I once made the mistake of holding my 8 a.m. class the following morning…

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Not to be outdone by my kids, I walked the parade in costume too, looking for current and former students to scare whenever I got the chance.

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