Halloween revelers descend on Shibuya, urged to keep it clean

Kyodo, Staff Report

Thousands of revelers dressed up in wild costumes and wearing makeup swarmed Hachiko Square in front of Tokyo’s JR Shibuya Station on Saturday evening to celebrate Halloween.

The Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department mobilized hundreds of riot police for the event this year.

Last year, two people were arrested. One was detained for punching a police officer while the other was taken into custody for molesting a woman.

Earlier in the day, singer Kyary Pamyu Pamyu called on partygoers in the capital to keep the streets clean as a large quantity of litter was expected to result from the gathering.

“I want everyone to help keep the streets clean, using these bags (provided by the city),” the singer said in front of Tokyo Tower in Minato Ward.

The event was organized by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government to raise awareness by handing out orange jack-o’-lantern-themed garbage bags.

“When you have fun, there will be lots of garbage,” the singer said. “I want to see people in the streets fill the bags in a kawaii (cute) way.”

The event formed part of a campaign dubbed “Halloween & Tokyo,” under the slogan of “cleanest Halloween in the world.”

The bags were handed out near stations and large road crossings in busy districts such as Shibuya, Shinjuku and Roppongi.

During last year’s boisterous Halloween celebrations, a large quantity of litter, such as drink cans, were thrown on the ground by revelers, prompting the metropolitan government to launch this year’s campaign.


Photo gallery of Halloween Eve on the Shibuya scramble.

 

  • Yuki

    I wish I could be in Tokyo for Halloween… hate hate hate not being in Japan.

  • Yuki

    I wish I could be in Tokyo for Halloween… hate hate hate not being in Japan.

  • Michele Marcolin

    Why in Tokyo when it comes to happenings and crowd and be happy and party together there is always some complaint, some rule to abide, somebody to listen, something to do, hundreds of things not to do… People pay taxes: have the services prepared and ready for it! That is all! The city and every damn shop and service try to speculate and make money on it and then the same who pays to have a life as they want have also to follow police rules because the city do not want to take responsibility for what it allows. Be prepared! And collect the garbage left! The city is for the people and people pay taxes also for that: having fun!

    • James

      Its precisely for these reasons that Tokyo is a more desirable city than from wherever you are from.

      • Michele Marcolin

        Really? To pay taxes and to be unfree and reminded at every corner you shouldn’t do? You must come from quite a sad place. I have to confess I have been here long enough and I would rather be almost anywhere else. Just for now I still have to stay here because what I am selling, it is required right here… ;-)

      • ESteer

        I’m sorry… I can’t understand a single thing you’re saying… before you go spewing nonsense take some English courses please…

        The reason you pay cities taxes is not to have fun, it’s to upkeep the services that you require to live in a developed country… You have a moral obligation to keep your city clean. If you don’t want to do that I would be more than happy to see you leave Tokyo, and Japan :P

      • Michele Marcolin

        All right, we have a Nobel prize of llitterature and moral here now… Perhaps it is you that should document yourself: taxes paid to the city are indeed for services provided: including fun and what comes with it! That happens all around the world! A city is for the people and made by the people. Not viceversa. If you have a gray life devoid of leisure, that is your subjective problem. Traveling, learning to live, knowing other countries and cultures before preaching others what to do, may help you achieve a bit of modesty and understanding. I know that many here like the idea of a society of small obedient puppets all alike, well hammered down at the same height, but people are not machines, nor robots… Human nature is quite different. It needs understanding and flexibility, beside proper education. But that is not my problem. The point is, if the city (and also the media) can’t avoid being so hypocrite to constantly speculate and profit from the events they themselves help/promote and then constantly complain and blame people for the inability of the authorities to control the situation, then they had better preventing them from happening at all. In any case, just dispersing some garbage can – as in the rest of the civilized world – could make miracles for the littering issue…

      • Michele Marcolin

        All right, we have a Nobel prize of llitterature and moral here now… Perhaps it is you that should document yourself: taxes paid to the city are indeed for services provided: including fun and what comes with it! That happens all around the world! A city is for the people and made by the people. Not viceversa. If you have a gray life devoid of leisure, that is your subjective problem. Traveling, learning to live, knowing other countries and cultures before preaching others what to do, may help you achieve a bit of modesty and understanding. I know that many here like the idea of a society of small obedient puppets all alike, well hammered down at the same height, but people are not machines, nor robots… Human nature is quite different. It needs understanding and flexibility, beside proper education. But that is not my problem. The point is, if the city (and also the media) can’t avoid being so hypocrite to constantly speculate and profit from the events they themselves help/promote and then constantly complain and blame people for the inability of the authorities to control the situation, then they had better preventing them from happening at all. In any case, just dispersing some garbage can – as in the rest of the civilized world – could make miracles for the littering issue…

      • ESteer

        I’m sorry… I can’t understand a single thing you’re saying… before you go spewing nonsense take some English courses please…

        The reason you pay cities taxes is not to have fun, it’s to upkeep the services that you require to live in a developed country… You have a moral obligation to keep your city clean. If you don’t want to do that I would be more than happy to see you leave Tokyo, and Japan :P

      • J.P. Bunny

        If you wish to go, then go. People pay taxes so the city/government can provide services, not for “happiness and crowd.” The people in the article had a good time and were considerate enough to make sure their fun did not cause a mess. It’s one of the things that makes living here enjoyable.

      • Michele Marcolin

        Read and understand what things are about before commenting nonsenses, please. Who use the services?! The city or the people? What is the article about? What did I comment about? Find your way out… save your time.

      • J.P. Bunny

        Thou should not comment about “nonsenses.” My previous comment stands. Please take heed.

      • Michele Marcolin

        You are very welcome. I also have a regular visa, I pay taxes, so I guess I will keep on commenting and explaining what I believe in and stand for. There is still freedom of speech around here, I believe… and Edo times, Sakoku and Goemonburos are long gone…

      • Michele Marcolin

        You are very welcome. I also have a regular visa, I pay taxes, so I guess I will keep on commenting and explaining what I believe in and stand for. There is still freedom of speech around here, I believe… and Edo times, Sakoku and Goemonburos are long gone…

    • Lycanthrope

      Of course–we pay taxes so that millions in taxes can go towards cleaning litter–something that can easily be prevented–rather than, oh, I don’t know, healthcare, education, infrastructure, the environment, etc.

      Yes, let’s throw all our garbage in the streets because WE PAY TAXES. What an utterly ignorant and downright stupid point of view you have.

  • Philosopher

    I love that Tokyo prepared for the Halloween mess this way. We still had fun out on the street and the mess wasn’t so bad considering the number of people who were out and about.

    The vibe yesterday was excellent and the costumes were delightful. Some were crudely funny (Tenga, anyone?); some were genuinely scary (lots of half burnt faces); but most were sweetly sexy.
    The crowds in Shibuya did get a little too intense for me so I asked a police officer for the fastest way out of there, then it only took 20 more minutes. Not too bad at all.