This photo taken October 29, 2016 shows people in costumes of US presidential candidates Hillary Clinton (L) and Donald Trump (R) gesturing as they take part in a Halloween parade in Tokyo.
Tokyo nursed a giant pumpkin-sized hangover on October 31 after a weekend of Halloween revelry which saw blood-spattered ghouls, fluffy animals and 'terrifying' presidential candidates cut loose. AFP PHOTO
‘Clinton’ embraces ‘Trump’ in grisly Japan Halloween
Agence France-Presse / 02:55 PM October 31, 2016
TOKYO—Tokyo nursed a giant pumpkin-sized hangover Monday after a weekend of Halloween revelry which saw blood-spattered ghouls, fluffy animals and fake presidential candidates cut loose.
For the normally reserved Japanese, the macabre celebration of the dead is an excuse to slip on a wacky costume and let their hair down at boozy parties decorated with tombstones, skeletons and spiders.
“We got into Halloween when our children started to go to kindergarten,” Eriko Yoshino told Agence France-Presse, dressed as the Alice in Wonderland character Tweedledum at a kids parade.
“The children love it and it’s fun to wear fancy dress and cook pumpkin dishes,” she added, confiding: “Nothing too fancy — something I can pop in the microwave.”
With Halloween falling on a Monday this year, major weekend parades in Tokyo and Kawasaki, south of the capital, drew some 250,000 party-goers while Tokyo Disneyland also enjoyed a bumper two days.
Halloween is a billion-dollar industry in Japan with an estimated 20 million people nationwide getting into the grisly spirit.
Shops and bars are decked out with pumpkins and jack-o’-lanterns, while restaurants and convenience stores offer pumpkin-flavored drinks and desserts.
“I’ll tell you why I’ve flown in,” said a young reveler dressed as a rooster and identifying himself only as Chicken Shota.
“Too many chickens are being gobbled up around the world,” he added, perched dexterously on a hoverboard outside a pub.
“My message for people is to stop persecuting chickens.”
Dastardly pirates swigging from beer cans caroused with skimpily clad fairies and Harry Potter hexed a crooning Elvis as police battled to control heaving crowds during a long Saturday fright night at Shibuya’s scramble crossing.
‘Donald’s not so bad’
“In the spirit of Halloween I’ve come to offer an olive branch to Donald,” said one reveler in a rubber Hillary Clinton mask as she, or he, put a friendly arm around a Donald Trump lookalike. “He’s not so bad.”
Less politically motivated trick-or-treaters gathered in Tokyo’s trendy Shimokitazawa neighborhood, competing for sweets being handed out by shop owners.