Monday, 28th October 2013
In Events In Japan,
Japanese Halloween celebrations commence
Japan's annual H alloween celebrations got underway this weekend, with thousands of people thronging the streets of the Kawasaki prefecture near Tokyo in a spooktacular display of inventive dressing up.
Zombies, pirates, clowns, witches and all manner of anime characters were among those to participate, with 11,000 spectators turning out to watch the 3,500-strong parade.
More events will take place over the next week, with some 1,300 costumed revellers expected to march in Tokyo's Omotesando for the Hello Halloween Pumpkin Parade later today (October 28th).
Osaka will also play host to two high-profile events on November 1st, with the Parade de Carnival taking place during the day and the Halloween Horror Night getting started in the evening.
While participating in the parade requires registration, tourists are welcome to turn up on the day as spectators if they want to get into the Halloween spirit and find out how Japan celebrates this scary holiday.
Written by Graham McPherson