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Halloween in Shibuya, Tokyo | © Mithila Jariwala / Culture Trip
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In Pictures: These Amazing Outfits Are the Reason Why You Should Celebrate Halloween in Tokyo

Picture of James Gates
Updated: 18 December 2017
Japan is a country that doesn’t do anything by halves, and that extends to its Halloween celebrations. Every year around October 31, the streets are awash with costumes so diverse and elaborate, they put their Western counterparts to shame. Tokyo’s Shibuya district, famous for its iconic four-way pedestrian crossing and the busiest Starbucks in the world, comes alive every year with hordes of revellers resplendent in their finery. Here are some of the best and most inventive costumes seen on the streets for All Hallow’s Eve.

This trio keeps it nice and simple with some masks. The Crow, a longtime staple of Halloween celebrations once upon a time, makes a return as seen by the individual on the far left.

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Zombies are the go-to costume of choice for many. The inclusion of a police outfit is possibly a nod to the Biohazard video game series, better known in the West as Resident Evil.

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Traffic police help keep the crowds safe in front of Shibuya Starbucks, a popular spot with students and salarymen.

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A skeletal couple rubs shoulders with a high school student and a Sumo wrestler outside a convenience store. It’s probably safe to say that the student outfit isn’t a costume.

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A Scarlet Witch does the rounds while Frankenstein’s monster lumbers a few feet away.

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This cute pair keep Japan’s onesie tradition alive. The outfit is called a kigurumi, or kigu, in its native country.

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Playboy Bunnies, an egg-stremely well-dressed gent and some Gothic Lolitas all make the most of the Halloween spirit.

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A young Snow White takes in the sights, while this chap rocks a beautiful blue dress. That may not be his actual hair, though.

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Snow White returns, this time with a Wi-Fi signal for company.

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This lady, lingering in a restaurant doorway, can’t ‘bear’ to be separated from her companion.

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No Halloween party is complete without a visit from your friendly, neighbourhood Spider-Man.

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A couple Playboy Bunnies saunter past a rabbit of a more sinister ilk, accompanied by a spooky nurse.

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The lady on the left seems to have broken out of the local jail, but at great personal cost.

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A couple of ghouls show off their impeccable Oriental outfits.

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No self-respecting Kawaii police officer hits the streets without a feathered friend to watch their back.

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It wouldn’t be Japan without a selfie stick, deployed by a couple of Harley Quinns and a woman in a Dia de los Muertos outfit. A trio of Yoshis on the far right get a piece of the action.

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Pirates, both living and dead, find themselves a very long way from the Caribbean.

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All it wants is a hug.

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Green traffic lights are sometimes described as ‘blue’ in Japan, a cultural motif referenced by this trio.

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This guy had a very bright idea for his outfit, flanked by some spectral baseball players.

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A Minion, plus mini-Minion, attempts to get into the swing of things.

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An Anonymous bystander provides some moral support for this flamboyant pair, undeterred by the October chill.

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Some extra promotion for Shibuya Starbucks, courtesy of this trio of bipedal frappuccinos.

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A decent effort, but it looks like this little guy simple isn’t ‘feline’ it. Neither is his owner, by the looks of things.

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Ryuk from Death Note makes an appearance, carrying something far healthier than a notebook which gives you the power to kill anyone on the planet.

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Some more Gothic Lolitas, whose demeanor isn’t quite as rosy as their accessories.

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The very definition of a snappy dresser.

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The Mad Hatter and Alice find themselves in their very own spooky wonderland.

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