Halloween in Japan: Kawaii or Kowai?

The annual Kawasaki Halloween Parade this year was held on October 31st. It is said to be one of the biggest Halloween parades in Japan. It was my second time to see the parade and I’m still quite impressed with the participants. Their costumes were amazing. They can described as either ‘kawaii’ or ‘kowai’.

In Japan, ‘kawaii’ means ‘cute’, and ‘kowai’ is ‘scary’. (Be careful when you try to use them. You don’t want to get yourself embarrassed after mistakenly saying ‘kowai’ to a cute little Japanese kid, instead of saying ‘kawaii’).

The Mario Family. Kawaii ne~!
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Screams. Uwa~, kowai~!
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HEAD, HEad, head Yeah, it looks kowai, but it has some kawaii-ness. :p
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The mummy is belong to us! The baby is so kawaii~~ ^_^
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Zoombie chick. I’m gonna cut your head off if you say she’s kawaii.
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Sweet Butterfly. Hands off, humanz. She’s mine. Kawaii ne!
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  1. Very cool pics. The guy with the mouth costume is excellent.

    Check my Japan Halloween post out if you get a chance:
    http://www.tune-in-tokyo.com/2009/11/halloween-tokyo-2009/

    Posted November 21, 2009 at 2:05 am | Permalink
  2. How did they do that? They look kinda real.. The shots are scary, colorful and fun!!

    Posted November 23, 2009 at 6:33 pm | Permalink