Halloween is an exciting time for youths all over the world, whether the objective is to get sick on candy or simply dress in something ridiculous and party. As a young adult, I tend to lean towards the later, though I did feast on some candy corn this year as well. This October we had the luxury of enjoying two parties, taking place on both the 20th and the 27th. This of course necessitated two costumes though, since only a schmuck would wear the same thing twice.
The local AJET chapter plans the yearly Halloween party and same as last year it took place at The Delta Market. I have never been to this establishment aside from a Halloween night, but its spacious layout seems to do the job pretty well. I showed up fashionably late, since I was having some trouble getting my costume together. Shortly after moving into my apartment, I found a bag with an incredible viking costume left by my predecessor Morgan. I knew that it would be pretty lame to simply wear someone else’s costume, but having two parties and a three year gap since it last saw the light of day meant now was the perfect opportunity. I had to do some Facebook research of pictures from way back in 2009 when it made its debut, but after piecing it together and recreating a couple components, I had transformed into the mightiest of men.
The costume itself undoubtedly took a bit of effort to make in the first place, and for that I am grateful. I did have to rebuild a hammer for it though. The head of it was just a bottle stocked with mead (potato wine), and into the handle I installed a torch (lighter).
In all my glory, here I am. (Along with some random nurse)
The night was a great time, though I spent very little of it in the actual bar, since hanging out on the street and posing for pictures with the other passersby was a very fun. Also, walking down to the convenience stores in costume drew a lot of attention, and especially laughs. Based on our efforts as cultural ambassadors, I have no doubt that the Japanese must think that all foreigners are insane, no wonder their country is so closed off… The night finished as it usually does at Amazon, sometime around sunrise.
The second party this year was at some club called RIZIN that I hadn’t been too before. It is located just off the outskirts of our usually stomping ground. I was escorting two friends to the event, a cat and a Cleopatra, and I myself was dressed as Shiborioochichi. The specifics are lost to the plebeian, but basically I was a cow’s udder. There are these strange characters that are moderately popular among children, though their peculiarity has made me a fan as well. To eclipse the spectacle that was last year’s White Swan, I knew that I needed to go big, and this was definitely the one.
I managed to purchase the nipple cap from the official website, which arrived only the day before the party. Then, for the body suit, I bought a pair of both black and white thermal shirts and pants. Even an XL is pulled tight by my frame, and this was perfect for what I needed. By cutting holes in the white layers, the black below could show through and reveal my inner cow. Some white gloves and then socks over the shoes completed the effect, and at the end I could boast what I believe to be my finest Halloween showing ever.
Udderly ridiculous, I know… (寒っ)
As with the week before, the night was a great time. We made the tragic mistake of showing a bit on the early side early, which any experienced party-goer knows is not cool. In short time the rest of my friends made it and soon things were alright. There was about 5 DJs that played in rotations throughout the night, and while some of the music was great, some was terrible and neigh undanceable. I of course respect a number of different genres, but generally heavy metal and reggae music do not vibe with the masses in such a setting. There were a number of occasions where we were stranded on the edge of the dance floor, just waiting for the track to end.
Finally, myself with my guests and fellow Michigander, Saad.
I caught up with most of my friends throughout the night at the club, but also had another great time at Amazon afterwards. We ended the night/started the morning with some spicy ramen before heading back. Overall, Halloween this year was fantastic and I really enjoyed both of the parties. I still have my elementary school events to look forward to in early November (I wont be wearing either of these costumes, of course). I now have a year to plan my next costume, though as everyone knows, the last minute ones are almost always the best.