Halloween in Tokyo: One Giant Cosplay Contest

Japan, as a country, isn’t known for doing anything “halfway.” It’s common to see people go all-out, regardless of whether it is for a company promotion or a school event. Halloween is no different.

Although Halloween is still a fairly recent “holiday” in Japan, at least in terms of years spent celebrating, it is still a pretty impressive spectacle. This year, thousands of costumed youth (both foreigners and native Japanese) gathered in Shibuya to celebrate Halloween. Smaller celebrations were held in Roppongi, Ginza, and Shinjuku.

This year, the popular costumes were:

1. Zombie anything

Zombie, or “undead makeup” was a popular theme this year, for both men and women. Zombie makeup was typically paired with traditional Halloween staples, such as sexy schoolgirl, sexy witch, or sexy nurse. There were also quite a few women dressed as zombie corpse brides.

It was also common to see textbook characters from your favorite anime, paired with graphic zombie makeup. There were plenty of zombie Sailor Moon characters, zombie Pokemon, and zombie Attack on Titan characters.

2. Group costumes

There were quite a number of groups in costume. These group costumes ranged from Sailor Moon characters to people in sumo “fat suits” – and most were nice enough to pose for photos.

Couple costumes, groups of girls cosplaying together, and groups of similar costumes who stumbled upon each other and spent the evening posing for pictures together were also incredibly popular.

3. Anime Characters

It’s no surprised that Tokyo was filled with your favorite Anime, game, and tv characters. Popular themes this year were Kick-Ass, Frozen, One Piece, and other Disney Princesses. It’s no surprise people went all-out because if you think about it, Halloween in Japan is one of the few chances people have to get decked out in their favorite character, with no judgment.

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