Halloween in Japan

All Hallows Eve is a Celtic pagan holiday. Many believe it got its start from the Celtic festival of Samhain. Samhain is a Gaelic festival that was held at the end of the harvest season. Since those ancient times All Hallows Eve has changed into what we refer to as Halloween. In some cultures around the world masks were once worn to scare away the ghosts, goblins, and ghouls. Today we ware these masks to have fun. Halloween is a holiday that is celebrated all over the world.

In Japan however, Halloween was never celebrated. It wasn’t until the year 2000 that Halloween became something in Japan. Universal studios Japan and Tokyo Disneyland both started putting on Halloween events. Over the years the events have grown. This in turn has caused many more people in Japan to start celebrating it. Prior to this the only sign of Halloween in Japan was from foreigners who would dress up.

There are some differences in how we celebrate Halloween and how it is celebrated in Japan. Here in America our kids dress up and go door to door saying Trick or Treat and getting candy. In Japan that does not happen. The reason is ingrained into the culture of the Japanese people. They feel it would be bothersome to go around to each house asking for candy.

As cosplay is a big thing in Japan it may not be a surprise to find out, that adults are the ones who dress up for Halloween in Japan. Many businesses have held costume parties to take advantage of Halloween. All in all, still not a bad way to celebrate Halloween. Below are the links to the articles I used for this post. As always, be sure to give me a follow and tell your friends about my blog.

 

https://blog.gaijinpot.com/halloween-in-japan/

https://kotaku.com/how-halloween-became-a-thing-in-japan-5954768

http://metro.co.uk/2016/10/28/halloween-2016-history-behind-all-hallows-eve-and-why-we-celebrate-the-date-6220329/

https://www.circlesanctuary.org/index.php/celebrating-the-seasons/celebrating-samhain

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