Cosplay in Okinawa: Halloween Costume Contest!


“Clothes make a statement. Costumes tell a story.” ~Mason Cooley

Okinawa Oct 2013, Mihama Halloween, zoombie suicide girl nurse

Okinawa Oct 2013, Mihama Halloween, an American Beauty (Cuckoo Clock Bird)

Okinawa Oct 2013, Mihama Halloween, bloody bandaged nurse

Okinawa Oct 2013, Mihama Halloween, Star Wars fans (and costumes)The local heavily western-influenced “American Village” and “Carnival Park” at Mihama held their annual Halloween costume contest this past week.  And even though the weather was NOT cooperating, with rain most of the night along with colder temperatures, the place was still packed, and the costumes were still rocked!  The main street was closed for pedestrian-only traffic, and a large, well-lit stage was setup, funneling to a relatively long runway for contestants to strut their stuff.  Jody and I managed to get a good spot up front, and hunkered down as long as we could until finally we (and my poor camera) needed to retreat to Starbucks for some dry cover and a mug of hot chocolate….  Remember, our stuff isn’t here yet (see Castaway), so I don’t even have a jacket!

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Okinawa Oct 2013, Mihama Halloween, quick dinner for two kitty-cats!Halloween was not like this my first time here in 1999, when the locals in our neighborhood made special trips to see our lit-up pumpkins on display at night.  I still wasn’t aware of much of a tradition when I was back again in 2005, even though I lived in a rather western-influenced part of the island.

Okinawa Oct 2013, Mihama Halloween, sexy costumed legs

Okinawa Oct 2013, Mihama Halloween, the new and improved armyHowever, this year, I could spy car loads of Japanese kids in costume being dropped off all along the seawall to go trick-or-treating alongside their American counterparts here in the Miyagi neighborhood of Chatan Cho.  AND, the vigor and energy the Japanese put into their costumes!  It wasn’t just those who entered the contest, which must have number at least 200 entries (most with multiple people in costume), but the wide variety and surprising number of people just out and about in costume to enjoy the festivities.  Jody and I are already planning our entry for next year.  And we are known to be Halloween costume contest first-prize winners….

Okinawa Oct 2013, Mihama Halloween, Japanese couple in costume

Okinawa Oct 2013, Mihama Halloween, Japanese snowwhite!

Okinawa Oct 2013, Mihama Halloween, ferris wheel at Carnival Park MihamaOf course the Japanese are already into cosplay (costume play), which primarily centers on anime and manga characters.  BUT, they certainly have adopted well our Halloween traditions, where I’m happy to report that really, for a change, nothing much was lost in translation.  My personal favorites?  Sexy Japanese nurses of any flavor, dead, zombie, or just anime!  Enjoy the photos, and the Japanese version of a Halloween theme favorite.

Okinawa Oct 2013, Mihama Halloween, toy story

Okinawa Oct 2013, Mihama Halloween, ghouls' wedding

This is Halloween…in Japanese!!

Nozoite minai ka

Fushigisugiru sekai wo

Annai suru yo

Bokura no HALLOWEEN!

Okinawa Oct 2013, Mihama Halloween, goldielocks, times three

Okinawa Oct 2013, Mihama Halloween, Sexy nurse with a bunny phone!

Kore ga HALLOWEEN

Tanoshii HALLOWEEN

Kabocha ga himei wo ageru

Okinawa Oct 2013, Mihama Halloween, chain-saw massacre

Okinawa Oct 2013, Mihama Halloween, ghouls melting in the rain

Kore ga HALLOWEEN

Machijyuu sawagu

TRICK OR TREAT

Minna ga shinu hi made

Kyoufu no machi hibiku himei

Sutekina HALLOWEEN

BED ni kakureru ore wo miro

Surudoi kiba ni

Makkana me

Kaidan ni kakureru ore wo miro

Hebi no yubi ni kami no ke kumo

Okinawa Oct 2013, Mihama Halloween, ghostly bride

Okinawa Oct 2013, Mihama Halloween, sexy nurses!

Kore ga HALLOWEEN

Tanoshii HALLOWEEN

HALLOWEEN HALLOWEEN HALLOWEEN HALLOWEEN

Okinawa Oct 2013, Mihama Halloween, Cuckoo bird fantastic costume

Okinawa Oct 2013, Mihama Halloween, sexy costumed legs

HALLOWEEN TOWN kono machi wa

PUMPKIN SONG ni daikassai

HALLOWEEN TOWN kono machi wa

Minna ga kyoufu wo daikangei

Toori no kado wo magatte goran

Wakuwaku shichauze nanikaga

Okinawa Oct 2013, Mihama Halloween, fencenet hose and combat boots are hot!!

Okinawa Oct 2013, Mihama Halloween, quite a random collection

Suki da ze! HALLOWEEN!

Akakuro! Nebaneba! Kowai darou?

Ara, zenzen yo! Noroi no kotoba tonaeru dake de

Yamiyo no tsuki ni noru wa

Kyoufu no koe hibiku himei

Sutekina HALLOWEEN

Okinawa Oct 2013, Mihama Halloween, nurse lipstick and her crew

Okinawa Oct 2013, Mihama Halloween, legs and midriffs on young Japanese women

Atashi wa PIERO yo okao ga hen

Ikinari araware sugu kieru

Senaka ga tsumetaku kanjiru kai

Boku da yo kurokami yurasu kaze

Oresama tsukiyo ni utsuru kage

Kyoufu no yume nara omakaseda

Okinawa Oct 2013, Mihama Halloween, ghoul women

Okinawa Oct 2013, Mihama Halloween, happy fairy and her escorts

Kore ga HALLOWEEN tanoshii HALLOWEEN

HALLOWEEN HALLOWEEN HALLOWEEN HALLOWEEN

Okinawa Oct 2013, Mihama Halloween, the great pumpkin greets

Okinawa Oct 2013, Mihama Halloween, form of a pizza pie!

Acchi mo kocchi mo kowain da

Sou ja nai to tsumaranai

Kore ga minna no shigoto sa HALLOWEEN

Okinawa Oct 2013, Mihama Halloween, Japanese bat-girl

Okinawa Oct 2013, Mihama Halloween, bad boys always get the hot chicks

HALLOWEEN TOWN kono machi wa

Minna ga kyoufu wo daikangei

Sutekina JACK ni odokasaretara

Tachimachi shinzou tomaru yo

Okinawa Oct 2013, Mihama Halloween, police raid!

Okinawa Oct 2013, Mihama Halloween, Japanese geenie

Suki da ze HALLOWEEN!

Minna de GYAA! Taisetsuna otoko no otoori da

Eiyuu JACK warera no ou

Minna hakushu de tataero

Okinawa Oct 2013, Mihama Halloween, spectators and partiticpants

Okinawa Oct 2013, Mihama Halloween, kitten siblings on stage

Kore ga HALLOWEEN tanoshii HALLOWEEN

HALLOWEEN HALLOWEEN HALLOWEEN HALLOWEEN

Okinawa Oct 2013, Mihama Halloween, Japanese princesses

Okinawa Oct 2013, Mihama Halloween, Japanese females in costume

HALLOWEEN TOWN

Kono machi wa PUMPKIN SONG ni daikassai

La, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, whee!

Okinawa Oct 2013, Mihama Halloween, Halloween warriors fire a salute

Okinawa Oct 2013, Mihama Halloween, Carnival Park on a rainy night

5 thoughts on “Cosplay in Okinawa: Halloween Costume Contest!

  1. Do you have any other photos of the gent in the Star Wars costume (4th photo down from top, next to your first paragraph). I work with him and he doesn’t have any good pics of himself in costume.

    • Sure am sorry, but I do not. The only other one of him came out blurry and I did not keep. I don’t remember catching him/them on the stage or catwalk. Great costume though, and a great event!!

      • Thanks for getting back with me. The guy in the pic has collected several movie quality costumes and is about to retire and head back to the US.

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