It’s early September, and what do I see? Halloween decorations. Sounds like some businesses are very enthusiastic about Halloween to be decorating this early. Not even out of summer yet. Well, I made this video a couple days ago about how businesses in Japan tend to decorate for Halloween far earlier than they need to. Keep in mind that the business I show is an opticians and they don’t have a special Halloween sale going on.
Now, this video isn’t just me talking about Halloween decorations. You’ll want to watch to the end, because I had a rather creepy encounter.
I sure didn’t expect that.
Japan has a lot of traditional culture, but it also has a lot of imported culture. One example is Christmas. However, it’s not entirely the same as in western countries. For example, it’s a day for couples to go on a date, or for children to receive gifts, whereas in Canada, it’s a day for family and everyone gets gifts. Also, Japanese people often eat Kentucky Fried Chicken on Christmas. Turkey is difficult to find in Japan, and even if they do, not everyone has an oven to roast it with. And if they do have an oven, it’s often not even big enough for a turkey! So, getting KFC is an alternative. But one thing’s the same, decorations. They’re everywhere! On my way home, I took a picture of this tree made of Christmas lights outside a factory.
Merry Christmas from a factory.
On Friday, I went to the Warabi Matsuri (Festival) for the 3rd year in a row. This time, we went right at the beginning of the festival. Very little food was available and they were still putting up the decorations. This is one of the bigger decorations that was still waiting for installation.
I was standing under this with my head in the gold streamers.
While I was in Family Mart last night, I noticed that there were Christmas decorations. It was October 30th, still before Halloween. Nearly every other business has Halloween decorations, but they already put up Christmas decorations. I wanted to tell them it’s still 2 months away. Too early!
Here is the south wall of my classroom. The number of pictures has almost doubled.