Everyday is Halloween in Tokyo, but today’s the big night

Thanks to wonders of the International Dateline, today is already Halloween in Japan and the cross-cultural shenanigans and miscues are scaring everyone.


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10 thoughts on “Everyday is Halloween in Tokyo, but today’s the big night”

  1. Brilliant PR – a Halloween press release from the Irish Embassy in Tokyo.
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    Tom Baker (@TokyoTomBaker) October 30, 2014

    An Raibh a Fhios Agat? Did You Know?
    Halloween, which is now an event marked worldwide on 31 October, was originally a Celtic Irish festival called Samhain, which comes from the Irish for “summer’s end”. Samhain was the first and most important of the four quarter days in the medieval Gaelic calendar and was celebrated in Ireland, Scotland and the Isle of Man, all Gaelic regions at one time. Samhain marked the end of the harvest season and beginning of winter or the ‘darker half’ of the year. It was a time when the spirits or fairies (the Aos Sí) could more easily come into our world and were particularly active. The souls of the dead were also said to revisit their homes! So, enjoy Oíche Shamhna (the eve of Samhain) this year but keep an eye out for the Aos Sí!
    The October newsletter of the Irish Embassy in Tokyo

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