Halloween – this previously little-known festival of Celtic origin has become one of the most famous celebrations of the spooky, strange, and macabre. All Hallows Eve, which started as a religious tradition to remember the dead and dearly departed, has now turned into a lolapalooza of creative costumes, sexy debauchery, and all night parties.
I’m sure the ancient Pagans did not envision anything like the current Halloween festivities, which have garnered popularity all over the world in modern times. In many parts of the world, the Christian religious observances of All Hallows’ Eve, including attending church services and lighting candles on the graves of the dead, remain popular, while in Japan, these customs have been forgotten, or are ignored in favor of a more commercialized and secularised celebration of the one night a year when anything goes.
Yes, the traditional customs have certainly been changed, and even though you won’t find too many people visiting graves and lighting candles, you WILL see many people all over Japan dressed in their scariest sexy costumes. Seeing and being seen is what it’s all about these days; having a penchant for dressing up and creative costumes, even Japan has joined the Halloween craze, with parties for young and old alike in various cities all over this “tiny” island nation. The notable difference in Japan, however, is that most of the costumes (for adults) have rather blatant sexy undertones, thus turning this festival into a big playground for adults, rather than the trick or treating kiddie variety.
It has turned into a massive Cosplay event for all people here, with all-night parties in every major city. One of the biggest, and arguably one of the best is happening in Nagoya every year. Nope, that’s not a typo… one of the biggest and arguably best Halloween events doesn’t happen in Tokyo, but rather in the little, sleepy city of Nagoya, where the guys from The Absolute Halloween have put on the biggest, craziest, and funnest party (currently in its 8th year) this side of Hell, and it only gets better year after year. Often imitated, but never duplicated by others, the event continues to draw a massive crowd of over 2,500 people with numbers in the 3,000s expected this year; with a single ticket, you get access to 10 clubs – each one featuring a different theme, costume contests, an entire street blocked off for hanging out and looking at other people’s costumes, mingling, etc.
So, whether you come for the costumes, the crazy party, or the people, if you’re in the Nagoya area on October 31st, come on down to the Tochincho area and have an amazing time you won’t soon forget. Afterall, it’s called The Absolute Halloween for a reason. It’s absolutely fun, absolutely crazy, and absolutely the best time you’ll have for Samhain Night in Japan. Better hurry to get tickets though… it’s only 10 days away and tickets are selling out quicker than you can say “Trick or Treat”.
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