Japanese don costumes to celebrate the American holiday of Halloween in Tokyo. Diane Hodges reports.
Revelers in Tokyo celebrate Halloween
Residents of Tokyo are embracing the holiday, Halloween, in a big way.
Crowds dressed up as characters that were funny, scary and sexy and paraded through the streets of Shibuya, spending up to $100 each on their costumes.
Online retailer Amazon in Japan began offering more than 120,000 costumes in August, according to a Japanese news website.
And two parades held last weekend brought out more than 5,000 costumed celebrants, and more than two-hundred-thousand spectators.
Local news sites say Japanese were expected to spend some 122-billion yen, more than 1 billion dollars on Halloween celebrations this year.
That includes costumes, restaurant meals, and candy.
But don’t expect to go around trick-or-treating in Tokyo.
The idea of begging for candy from strangers is still foreign in Japan…at least for now.