A fun Shibuya Halloween Eve 2018

Shibuya Halloween Eve! That’s not a real word, is it? I’ve never heard it, so I’m sure it’s something I’ve invented (sorry!). But Shibuya knew it and treated it very seriously.  People in fantastic outfits having a great time flooded the streets. Yes, October 30 rolled around, and the event was back again.

I had two favorites in 2018! One was Venom, who was very cool. The other was a pair of chickens. They were campaigning against karaage (fried chicken). That made me cluck. It was pretty amusing.

Of course, there were the ones we see every year. There were undead nurses, nuns, Marios, Wallys, and brides. Brides were of both types, alive and dead.

It was also my first time seeing a kyonshi. That is a zombie originating from China. They hop around everywhere. So did the ones in Shibuya.

A wolf with a machine gun was also looking for a girl in a red outfit at Shibuya Halloween Eve too. Apparently, he wanted to settle an old score. I think I had seen him in a book before somewhere.

If you ever visit the event, you need to pay attention to the crowd. There are so many people that you need to be careful. The area in front of the station is crowded. Shibuya Crossing is crowded. But, the most crowded place will be Center Gai. Center Gai is very narrow, and with so many people in it, you nearly have to push your way through to get to the other end. It is a sea of people. Whatever happens, don’t fall over!

Crowds aside, it was a good, fun night. I don’t know what it is about Halloween, but the people in Shibuya become the friendliest people on the planet. During the night, everyone accepted requests for photographs with smiles. Full marks to a great crowd!

And let’s not forget Halloween Eve was only a prequel to the big night, October 31! That was bigger! I also visited that, so please come back to see more pictures when I republish them. It was a huge night too.

Shibuya Halloween Eve 2018 photo gear:

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

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