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Are there Halloween parties in Japan? I think there are many people who don't get a point when you hear it. In fact, Halloween costumes in Shibuya, Tokyo, are so crowded that they are synonymous with October, and many police officers are dispatched, traffic maintenance and regulations are applied, and it is a once-a-year crowd.
In the 2020 corona misfortune, it was said that "Halloween is over content (commonly known as Owakon)", and it was said that that tradition had disappeared. However, in 2021, the self-restraint restrictions due to the coronavirus were partially lifted, and from October 30th, the number of young people wearing costumes and walking around Shibuya began to increase. "DJ Police*" may be also appeared and swept all over Japan into a lively vortex through the media.
* About DJ Police: Ordinary Japanese riot police officers dispatched to towns on high alert to carry out traffic maintenance and regulation, and to keep the flow of people safe and secure. It all started in June 2013, when Japan National Soccer Team, a very popular sport in Japan, decided to participate in the World Cup after the match against Australia. At that time, a riot police officer in his twenties held a loudspeaker and said, "I don't want to get angry on such a good day. We are all teammates. Please listen to what one of your teammates say." Rejoice, there were no injuries or brawls that day. The mecca of youth subculture "Shibuya" is crowded with many clubs, so the police officer was named "DJ police" by Japanese younger generations, and it was said that even the call of "Omawari-san (meaning policeman in Japanese)" was excited then. Afterwards, the police officer received the Superintendent General Award and was assigned to a new work location. Today, the technique is handed down to the successors, and it is said that the town of young people "Shibuya" is safely protected.
So, what about Halloween in Japan? For those who are wondering, I will explain the origin and history of Halloween in Japan.
Q1. When did Halloween culture enter Japan?
A1. It is said that the company started selling "Halloweens" at a famous toy store in Harajuku, Tokyo in the 1970s. Furthermore, in the 1980s, as part of the promotion of the toy store, the "Halloween Parade" was held in Omotesando, Tokyo, with 100 people, and it is said that recognition gradually increased in Tokyo.
Q2. I knew that the toy store in Tokyo was the beginning, but how did it acquire nationwide recognition?
A2. It is said that the two major theme parks in Japan, "Tokyo Disneyland" and "Universal Studios Japan", contributed to this. Tokyo Disneyland in particular is said to have actively held Halloween events since the beginning of 1997, raising awareness among children. After that, it seems that it spread nationwide by actively holding “Halloween events” on social media and English classes on a grassroots basis and posting pictures of participating.
Q3. Why are they dressed up like that at Shibuya's scramble crossing instead of Omotesando?
A3. It is said that the congestion of people in Halloween costumes at Shibuya Scramble Crossing began around 2000 and became established. Initially, it is said that Halloween events were held at clubs and pubs as part of the promotion, with the feeling of ``special discounts for those who came to the store in costume''. After that, the number of stores holding events increased, and from October 30th to 31st, it seems that the city of "Shibuya" was crowded with people in costumes so that the police were dispatched. Some sections of the road are now closed to traffic, making it a pedestrian paradise.
I think I somehow got hold of "Halloween in Japan". In fact, many people have changed the way they enjoy "Halloween" due to the corona disaster. Enjoying a party style at home with friends and family, posting on SNS, refraining from wearing costumes and bringing "Halloween-like" dishes and desserts, and enjoying them with friends and family.
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