In many countries, Halloween has developed from a traditional festival dedicated to remembering the dead into one of the biggest commercial nights of the year. Is Japan any different?
How much do you really know about Japanese Halloween?
When did the tradition of celebrating Halloween first arrive in Japan? a) the Edo period; b) post-World War II; c) early twenty-first century.
How is Halloween usually celebrated in Japan?
a) spending time with family; b) dressing up in costumes and going to parties; c) trick-or-treating.
Which traditional Japanese festival honours ancestral spirits? a) Setsubun (February); b) Hina-matsuri (March); c) O-bon (August).
Answers: 1 (c); 2 (b); 3 (c).