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Celebrating Halloween In Japan

Halloween is a holiday celebrated every year in the United States on October 31. It falls on a different day each year. This article will explore how Halloween is celebrated in Japan and some of the differences between it and the way people celebrate it in America.

Japan's History of Halloween

Halloween in Japan has a long and complicated history. It is a mix of both Western and Japanese traditions. The holiday originally came to Japan in the Meiji period (1868-1912) with the arrival of foreigners. Halloween then became popularized in the media during the 1990s. However, it was not until the 2000s that Halloween really started to take off in popularity.

In recent years, Halloween has become one of the most popular holidays in Japan. Tokyo's Shibuya district is famous for its Halloween celebrations, which attract tens of thousands of people every year. Many Japanese people dress up in costumes and go out partying on Halloween night. The holiday has also become popular with businesses, as many stores and restaurants offer special Halloween discounts and promotions.

Different Types of Halloween Celebrations in Japan

One popular way to celebrate Halloween in Japan is by attending haunted houses. These events are usually held at amusement parks or haunted attractions, and they feature spooky sets and actors dressed up as ghosts and monsters. Similar to haunted houses in America, visitors walk through the attraction while being scared by the creatures inside. One of the most popular Halloween experiences in Japan is Universal Studios Japan's Halloween Horror Nights. It's comparable to the experience you'll find at its American counterpart, but with a Japanese twist.

Another popular way to celebrate Halloween in Japan is by going to a "manga kissa," (short for manga kissaten) which is a type of cafe where people can read manga (Japanese comics) and watch anime (Japanese animation). On Halloween night, many manga kissas host special events, such as cosplay contests and screenings of horror movies.

Despite its growing popularity, there are still some aspects of Halloween that are unfamiliar to many Japanese people. For example, Trick-or-Treating is not a common practice in Japan. In fact, most Japanese people are not even aware of the tradition! This is likely because Halloween is still a relatively new holiday in Japan and many people are not familiar with its customs yet. Instead, many people will host Halloween parties at their homes or some schools even host their own celebrations for the kids.

How the Japanese Feel About Being Scared On Halloween

Halloween started as a foreign concept to many Japanese people. For some, it's still not something that's completely understood. For others, it's simply another reason to dress up in costumes and have fun. And for the rest, it's a time of fear and trepidation! Many people can agree with the fact that the Japanese do horror well. This is clearly seen in the many horror movies and anime made in Japan like The Ring, The Grudge, and Higurashi. You can even say horror is rooted in its culture. They have a tradition of telling ghost stories called kaidan, which dates back to the Edo period.

So, it's safe to say that for many Japanese people, Halloween is a time to be scared. But that doesn't mean they don't enjoy it. Some people love the thrill of being scared, and they see Halloween as an opportunity to experience that feeling in a safe and controlled environment. For others, it's simply a chance to have some fun and dress up in costumes. Whatever their reasons, there are plenty of Japanese people who enjoy celebrating Halloween - even if they are scared of it!

Whether you hate or loved to be scared, there is something to love for everyone during Halloween in Japan.

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