Unlike the United States, which has celebrated Halloween in some form since the 19th century, the holiday has only gained popularity in Japan in recent years. This is partially due to amusement parks, like Tokyo Disneyland and Universal Studios Japan hosting Halloween-themed events.
Now, Halloween is a billion-dollar industry, according to the Japan Anniversary Association. In 2016, Halloween costume shopping, themed dining and everything in between reached ¥135 billion, or $1.2 billion. The Halloween hub of Japan is Shibuya, a nightlife and entertainment district. Temple University Japan students dressed up in costumes to join in on the celebration.
In addition to celebrating Halloween in Tokyo neighborhoods like Shibuya, Temple
University Japan students participated in activities like a pumpkin-carving contest hosted by the school. Contest winners received Amazon gift cards.
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