In a whirlwind of terminal waiting, plane food force-feeding and sleepless turning, I awaken to the wheels of our Boeing 747 crashing down onto the runway in the post-typhoon gusts.
I’m in Japan.
I’m… IN JAPAN!
For the next 48 hours I really couldn’t believe I was back in my favourite country, but the next 48 hours convinced me otherwise.
Going from Spring to Autumn in 22 hours really messes with your calendar… and I realised that in fact it was Halloween!
Arriving in a total mess, I was picked up at the station by my new home’s host Yuki. His AirBnB was close to Hamamatsucho Station, a convienient location for starting my next adventure by ferry to Hachijojima.
I had forgotten the impeccable level of hospitality the Japanese have whilst I was away, and was quickly reminded with a bowl of ramen and some good company.
After 24 hours, culture shock was starting to set in. Walking around Kanda, my favourite spot to ogle at fancy new ski gear (for cheaper), I realised that I’ve gone back to not understanding anything again. Isolation. Ahh!
“Hey do you wanna come out with my friends for Halloween?”
I usually avoid Halloween like the plague, in the UK it’s usually an excuse for everyone to dress super provocatively and parade half-nude and half-coherent around the club scene… still a child at heart, my usual Halloween involves eating candy inside and watching my favourite horror films.
But! This is Japan, where modesty is more common and kawaii characters are favoured upon. Think of Comicon.
“It’s in Shibuya”
Shibuya, famous for having the busiest street crossing in the world, at Halloween, with people dressed up?!
It was CRAZY busy. Like being in a small venue concert, the crowd swaying as a unit, police everywhere trying to control the crowds, but making it worse!
Chuckies, Jack Sparrows, Pikachus, evil presidents, zombies, raving swans, Dori, Where’s Wallys, Weeds, Fidget Spinners, Harry Potters, fake policemen, you name it, it was probably there. We had a great time spotting them all.
It was a truly incredible experience, maybe not to the older, well-established tourist, who were just looking for a relaxing place to taste Tokyo’s culinary delights, as I saw a few horrified faces being swallowed by the hordes of monsters.
What a way to start the next chapter of my life in Japan! 🙂
Happy Halloween Everyone!