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Japan’s ‘mundane Halloween’ trend embraces simple but hilarious costumes

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Japan’s ‘mundane Halloween’ trend embraces simple but hilarious costumes


A person going to work on a windy day (Picture: Twitter)

Halloween might have been a little different this year but people still got into the spirit.

But forget the classic costumes – in Japan, the trend is to dress up in a way that almost looks like you haven’t bothered at all.

The ‘mundane’ or ‘sober’ Halloween parties have been around for a few years now but people still keep coming up with genius getups.

The idea is that flashy costumes are banned and you have to recreate quite specific every day situations

Lots of them have been shared on Twitter with some users translating the captions.

Some favourites from 2020 include ‘someone who isn’t aware their phone flashlight is on’ and ‘person going to work on a windy day’, with his tie made to look like it’s stuck to his face.

There were also some influenced by the events of 2020, including the ‘zoom background error’.

The trend has spread beyond Japan now too, as shown in a thread by Tony Lin, collecting some of the images from a ‘down-to-earth’ party in Taiwan.

There party-goers wore signs around their necks to help explain their costumes.

Tony highlighted some of the best, including ‘the woman looking for a seat at food court’, ‘the newly single in Japanese drama getting over a relationship’ and ‘the one who left the bag open’.

People said that they loved that people can put in just a little effort but still create something very witty.

Others pointed out that as people are mainly using things they already have, it means a lot less leftover waste.

One person said: ‘Love the cynicism/irony. I’m not sure which. Interesting. It’s more like understated performance art.’

Another added: ‘I am not a fan of themed dress up parties but am 100% going to have one of these parties.’

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