Kawasaki Halloween Festival

Kawasaki, near Tokyo, is host to a number of eccentric festivals and events, including the notorious Kanamara festival in April (where folk carry a giant pink penis statue down the street.) This month sees the return of Kawasaki’s annual Halloween festival, the highlight being a wild street parade on October the 28th, featuring some of most insanely outlandish costumes you’ve ever seen. An eclectic array of costumed freaks, from Pikachu to Freddy Krueger, hit the streets of downtown Kawasaki and follow floats blasting out pounding techno tunes, much to the horror and amusement of bewildered bystanders.
Below are some photos I took of the parade over the last couple of years and here’s a review of 2005’s event.

The parade starts at 2PM on October the 28th, at Kawasaki’s Cittadella complex. Other events include a screening of the Rocky Horror Picture Show, and a potentially hilarious “70s/80s Dancing Party Halloween Special” on the 27th.
Learn more at the official website.

27 Responses to Kawasaki Halloween Festival

  1. clarkebruce says:


    It was hard to work out which of the masks you were behind.

  2. roaf says:

    I’m not in any of them! I’d probably make a good Frankenstein, though.

  3. Woeful says:

    Very cool. Looks like a lot of fun!

  4. Awesome! I live in Kawasaki and didn’t know about this. I’m definitely going to check it out this year.

  5. roaf says:

    Yeah, it’s definitely worth going along!

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