SCENE IN TOKYO: Japanese Halloween - Costume & Candy Shopping in Shinjuku

SCENE IN TOKYO: Japanese Halloween - Costume & Candy Shopping in Shinjuku - AkihabaraNews.com

SCENE IN TOKYO
...wherein we sink teeth into a flaming cliché and fiddle around with homonyms and wordplay transitive to retelling our daily living, working, and existing as mostly sentient bipedal mammals, hive-minding about the big, big city...with video makers in our pockets!

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TODAY’S SCENE:
Shopping for Halloween Costumes, Candy, and Accouterment (TOKYU HANDS, SHINJUKU WARD, TOKYO) 

Yes, we've already pointed it out in the J-Halloween Prep 2014 series, as have many other sources, but it’s hard to overstate how thoroughly Halloween has been Japanified* into pop culture over here. Over the past 10-15 years, Halloween-themed parties, foods, neighborhood decorations, costume parades and more have multiplied like, uhhh...whatever, something that goes from almost nothing to proper shitload in very short order.

And it's not just in Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka, etc., our contacts all the way down in comparatively rural Kumamoto City (MAP) also report a marked increase in the number and variety of events held throughout October leading up to the 31st.


Jeff’s World Bar, a social hub of the 2-million-strong Kumamoto Metro Area, had a kickass 2013 Halloween party.

It’s true, Japan might be slow to hit the turns, but when it does, it cranks the wheel like a gorilla in a Barbie car (see: Meiji Restoration & Modernization; Post-WW II Peace Constitution & Hyper-Speed Rebuilding; Possibly Impending Tech-Driven Startup Explosion).

And now that Halloween is totally on, one of course must procure supplies, so for today’s Scene in Tokyo we present a little taste of what’s currently on the J-Halloween market. The video was shot at the Shinjuku Tokyu Hands, a multilevel variety/department store that should be at the top of any Japan 1st-timer's list:

*Japanification, N. [Japanify, V.] The unstoppable, BORG-like capability of the collective Japanese psyche to reach out into the universe, inhale whatever interesting cultural or technological nuggets are found, and own them so hard that even the Japanese are oblivious to the origins. The products of this process are often pelleted back into the global market, vastly improved over the original, and, inexplicably, 1.8% of humanity’s population thereby becomes a profoundly vital pillar of global pop culture. This is the single most powerful macro-cultural superpower in the history of the human species.

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