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Halloween Costumes in Traditional Japanese Art

Ukiyo-e Halloween

Costumes and disguises have long been a part of Japanese culture, which makes it surprising that Halloween is just now gaining mass participation. In fact, ukiyo-e woodblock prints from the 1800s reveal that costumes were a very real part of many Japanese traditions. One example is this can be found in a piece by prominent ukiyo-e artist Hiroshige Utagawa depicting a summer moon festival. Painted between 1841 and 1842, the scene captures a vibrant procession of people. One individual in particular seems to be having way more fun than anyone else. Why? Because he’s dressed like an octopus.

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