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On the left, two boys dressed as AKB48 girl band members. On the right: insect girls.

Please excuse the wretched low-res phonesnap, but I couldn’t resist taking a few pictures at a typical Halloween bar party in Shibuya. Japanese costume favorites were well represented: boys dressed as girls, girls dressed as animals, men dressed as geisha, and Mario & Luigi. There were a few excellent outliers, though. One guy wore regular street clothes with his inch-long hot pink fake eyelashes. The best one, though, was a guy in quasi-medical scrubs who made the rounds with a beaker of tequila and a syringe, ordering people to open their mouths for their “shot.”

The guy on the left just looked like he was wearing street clothes and a green wig until he showed all. The guy on the right has a “tai-yaki” red bean cake for a head.
A fine example of the he-geisha.

Jonelle Patrick is the author of  four novels set in Tokyo

A young woman dressed as a Gothic Lolita is found dead in a car with two strangers. But the more Yumi Hata learns about her friend’s death, the more she’s convinced it was murder…read more

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Writing mystery books set in Tokyo is mostly what I do, but I also blog about the odd stuff I see every day in Japan. I'm a graduate of Stanford University and the Sendagaya Japanese Institute in Tokyo, and a member of the International Thriller Writers, the Mystery Writers of America, and Sisters In Crime. When I'm not in Tokyo, I live in San Francisco. I also host a travel site called The Tokyo Guide I Wish I'd Had, so if you're headed to Japan and want to check out the places I take my friends when they're in town, take a look!

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