It’s been around two months since I left the United States to come study abroad in Japan. So many things have happened in the past two months and I know there still a lot more to see and do here. One of the things that I want to do is experience all of the holidays that Japan has to offer, both domestic and foreign. Holiday’s like White Day, Christmas, Children’s Day, and of course, Halloween! So far I’ve been lucky enough to be apart of the festivities the weekend before Halloween, and hope to see even more cool costumes on Halloween night! I’m gonna give a couple of tips to anyone thinking about coming to Japan for the Fall semester!
One of the first things you will notice during October is that even though there is a lot of marketing for Halloween on television and in store not many people are dressed up for the occasion. I noticed that even on the weekend before Halloween no one at my school or in the city was wearing a costume of any kind, not even so much as cat ears. What you’re going to want to do is ask Japanese people or google where the people celebrating Halloween go. Once you find that place, there will be plenty to see. For me this place was Amerikamura in Osaka!
Another thing you consider is public transportation. If you live far away from the events you might have to take a train to get there. However make sure that you don’t miss the last train or you’ll end up having to stay overnight at where ever you are or have to pay a lot of money for a taxi to get back home. There is no Uber or Lyft in Japan!
Another thing I wanna talk about is costumes. A nice costume can be expensive here in Japan. So if you already have one from your home country I recommend that you pack it before you go. If not there is always affordable places to get some ok costumes. For example, Don Quijote always has a lot of affordable costumes!
My last tip is about the Gilman scholarship. All of these random trips and expenses will quickly add up and you will be wishing that you had more funds so that you could fully experience what Japan has to offer. That why I cannot stress how important it is to apply for the Gilman scholarship while you still can. Thanks to Gilman Scholarship I am able to experience life here in the Japan first hand, I couldn’t have done it with out it.