Halloween in Shibuya 2017 - the biggest street party!

Halloween in Shibuya 2017 was a big event. I went to the “prequel” on the 30th, but the main event was “Wow”! I can’t remember how many people were there, but they crammed into those streets! One of the world’s biggest street parties?  I don’t know about that, but I know it is HUGE every year!!

The sheer number of people in one place was incredible. I thought Hachiko’s statue and Shibuya Crossing would be the most crowded. They were only a few tens of meters apart. But people were everywhere. All the way to Shibuya 109 and Bunkamura was insanely crowded. Senta-Gai was packed to the rafters, as was the Marui/Seibu area.

Some people looked rather sexy and cute. There were the weird and bizarre through to those who were genuinely scary. Then there was everyone in between. Many people had put a lot of time and effort into their costumes.

Halloween is the one event of the year that pulls people out of their comfort zones. You don’t often see Japanese talk to strangers in the street. But, during Halloween, it happens all the time in Shibuya. People asked to take a photo together if they saw someone with a crowd-stopping outfit. Then it was a quick chat about it; moved on.

Yes, many go there to photograph the event, but not all. I’m sure some go there to get photographed. They look for attention. I’ve heard a few models and YouTubers got their breaks this way.

Considering how packed Shibuya was for this event, the crowd didn’t get out of control. It got noisy but not wild. Maybe that was due to the large police presence around the crossing. That was where most people congregated.

Whatever you could have said about Halloween in Shibuya 2017,  we know one thing. It was fun and one of the world’s biggest street parties. What will the next one bring?

Halloween in Shibuya 2017 photo gear:

  • Camera body: Fujifilm X-T2
  • Lens: Fujifilm  XF 16-55mm F2.8 R LM WR
  • Flash:  Godox V860II

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