Saturday, October 31, 2015

Halloween trick or treating in Tokyo

My neighbour, former Indonesian First Lady Dewi Sukarno,
in her scariest Halloween outfit....

In Tokyo, the Halloween celebrations of my neighbourhood are perhaps Tokyo's most famous. It's located right in Central  Tokyo, a hop and a skip from Omotesando, but you'd never know it as it's perhaps the only all-residential neighborhood left in the city.

It's a nice neighbourhood to live in for people in the know as everything is a short walk or car drive away. In fact, I often walk home from lunch or dinner in Omotesando or Aoyama.

But it's incredibly quiet -- like living in a park.

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Many well-known people live here including three of Japan's successive prime ministers, ambassadors, company owners (including the owners of two of the most famous department stores and the family who owns Sanrio) and even the guy who bought Viber as a side business.

One of Japan's recent prime ministers lives two doors down in a beautiful Swiss-style villa that has been in his family for generations.

This year, over 50 homes opened up to residents for Halloween, and the Halloween decor was truly serious stuff. Even the adults got into the fun, dressed up in the strangest outfits, walking the streets and living a #Travelife. 

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