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Tokyo’s Shibuya holds its first Halloween costume contest aboard a train, we ride along

October 28, 2014

Japanese Halloween costume contest on a train

SoraNews24

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Back before Halloween became as popular in Japan as it is today, Tokyo expats looking to celebrate the holiday would stage impromptu costume parties on the last car of the JR Yamanote loop line. At the time, though, most Japanese people weren’t familiar with Halloween, and this tended to freak the indigenous locals out, leading Japan Railways to eventually crack down on the festivities.

Things have changed a lot in the last 15 years, though. Tokyo is starting to seriously get into the Halloween spirit, so much so that another rail company, Tokyu, actually held a Halloween costume contest onboard one of its trains, and we went to check it out.

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Funny. As far as I know Halloween is from Ireland. The Irish brought it to the US where it boomed. It is not only spreading in Japan but as well in Central Europe it has become quite popular. But a railway contest really is something.

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Brigitte Kobi

October 30, 2014

I think you have that right about the history..it is Samhain in Ireland. I would love to go to one on a train…a boat would be cool also.

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Pamela Morse

October 30, 2014

This sounds like a TON of fun.

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Stevie Wilson (@LAStory)

October 31, 2014

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