Tricks and treats of Halloween in Japan

Nov 1, 2016

Tricks and treats of Halloween in Japan

The Halloween juggernaut — buoyed up its synchronization with cosplay, corporations’ search for new marketing opportunities and its affinity for social media — continues to grow in Japan yearly. Here are your portraits of the kawaii (cute) and the kowai (scary) of Halloween in ...

Tokyo's volunteer spirit aids Halloween cleanup

Nov 1, 2016

Tokyo's volunteer spirit aids Halloween cleanup

Hundreds of garbage bags decorated like jack-o’-lanterns piled up Tuesday morning on the streets around Shibuya Station in Tokyo as volunteers filled them with rubbish left by thousands of costumed partygoers who swarmed the area just hours earlier. By 8 a.m., Shibuya Ward officials ...

'Death must be a Viennese,' and not just at Halloween

Oct 28, 2016

'Death must be a Viennese,' and not just at Halloween

Dominik Creazzi, “Paranormal Investigator” embossed on his jacket, strains his ears among the decaying tombstones of Vienna’s central cemetery, the last resting place of 3 million mortals from Beethoven to “Rock Me Amadeus” singer Falco. Armed with an array of high-tech gadgets to detect ...

Shibuya readies for Halloween party throngs

Oct 27, 2016

Shibuya readies for Halloween party throngs

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To avoid turmoil near JR Shibuya Station when it is flooded with partygoers over Halloween, the Metropolitan Police Department will for the first time dedicate two nearby streets to pedestrians only from Friday through Monday, depending on traffic conditions. Roughly 90 events will be ...

Doll makers decry USJ's use of traditional dolls in haunted house

Oct 19, 2016

Doll makers decry USJ's use of traditional dolls in haunted house

An association of Japanese doll manufacturers has expressed its displeasure with Universal Studios Japan, in Osaka, saying the American film studio theme park is tarnishing the image of traditional dolls by using them in a haunted house attraction. The Tokyo-based group said Tuesday it ...