Welcome to Tofugu’s first-ever Halloween week! With Halloween only about a week away, we thought we’d treat you guys with seven days of posts about scary, spooky, and creepy Japan-related things.
Halloween was originally a European holiday, with roots in Irish and Roman traditions. Over time though, the original meaning of the Halloween has been transformed from honoring the dead and celebrating autumn to dressing up and getting tons of candy from strangers.
So as you might imagine as a European holiday, Halloween isn’t really celebrated all that much in Japan. Generally, there’s no trick-or-treating (although Japanese people might be polite enough to give you candy anyway), there aren’t really a whole lot of costumes or anything like that. Usually only Japanese university students do any sort of celebrating, and even then it’s pretty limited.
“So Hashi,” you might be asking, “If Halloween isn’t a big deal in Japan, why are you writing about it?” Well disembodied voice, that’s an excellent question.
We here at Tofugu are based in the United States, and celebrating Halloween is as American as apple pie. We wanted to do something to celebrate Halloween on Tofugu, and what better way than combining celebrating Halloween with our love of Japan? And secondly, theme weeks are awesome, and we don’t get to do them often.
So keep an eye out this week for posts about terrifying J-Horror movies, swarms of killer bees, deadly robots, and all things spooky, scary, and creepy.
Oh, and if you want to keep track, we’ll be adding all of them to the scary tag here, so you can just check out that tag and see them all (especially if it’s not today, because today we only have this post up).