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November 02, 2005

Trick or Treating

Halloween celebrations seem to becoming more of a regular occurence in Japan. While the majority of Japanese adults or teenagers have never been to a Halloween party or enjoyed trick or treating, younger children are far more likely to have taken part in a Halloween event. Most Japanese may not know about the Celtic roots of the festival, but they are familiar with the pumpkins and witches that give it its commercial appeal, an appeal that is being exploited by English conversation schools across the country. For example, a group of eikaiwa schools in the Kobe-Hanshin area got together on Saturday to organize a trick or treat parade for about 80 of their young students in a shopping street in Kobe. They dressed up as witches and ghosts and went from store to store.
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