Halloween is definitely my all-time favorite holiday! Granted it’s really just an excuse to wear the most outrageous and/or slutty costumes pretending to be something we’re not. But isn’t that reason enough for anyone? Every Halloween I spend an inordinate amount of time in search of the perfect costume and a fabulous party to attend. And last year – my first Halloween in Tokyo – was no different. Dressed as Minnie Mouse, I along with my friends and hundreds of foreigners living in Japan, train-jacked the Yamanote line leaving from the Shinjuku station at 9:07 pm (car # 10). Apparently every Halloween crazy "geijings" (foreigners) – decked out in costumes with alcohol in hand – take over the train for a few hours. Only days before Halloween do we find out on the Internet about the time and car # for such an event.
As we walked through the busy streets of Tokyo, every Japanese we passed by giggled and some even pointed and screamed out “Minnie-chan!Kawaii!!” (translation: "Minnie Mouse! So cute!" - yea that's me - Minnie was a real hit!) And tons of fellow costumed Halloweeners requested to take pictures with us. We felt like celebrities. Since words cannot do justice the chaotic bedlam that took place on the Halloween train, check out video clips on You Tube.