Japanese Take Halloween To a New Level With “Every-Day Situation” Costumes

Did you know that there’s a subculture in Japan called Jimi Halloween (地味ハロウィン) which roughly translates to “mundane Halloween”. The idea behind it is as mundane as it sounds – people dress up in a costume that tells a boring story and involves plain and regular clothes. The whole thing was started in 2014 by a small group of adults at Daily Portal Z who “kind of wanted to participate in the festivities of Halloween, but were too embarrassed to go all out in witch or zombie costumes”. Scroll below for the best boring costumes and get inspired for your next Halloween outfit!

Brilliant Halloween costume from Japan.

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Brilliant Halloween costume from Japan.

Brilliant Halloween costume from Japan.

Brilliant Halloween costume from Japan.

Brilliant Halloween costume from Japan.

Brilliant Halloween costume from Japan.

Brilliant Halloween costume from Japan.

Brilliant Halloween costume from Japan.

Brilliant Halloween costume from Japan.

Brilliant Halloween costume from Japan.

Brilliant Halloween costume from Japan.

Brilliant Halloween costume from Japan.

Brilliant Halloween costume from Japan.

Brilliant Halloween costume from Japan.

Brilliant Halloween costume from Japan.

Brilliant Halloween costume from Japan.

Brilliant Halloween costume from Japan.

Brilliant Halloween costume from Japan.

Brilliant Halloween costume from Japan.

Brilliant Halloween costume from Japan.

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  1. Anonymous October 30, 2019

    They have fun in Japan.

  2. thtslayer October 30, 2019

    most of these are corny

  3. Anonymous October 30, 2019

    @thtslayer that is why it is called mundane halloween

  4. Anonymous October 31, 2019

    Awesome!

  5. James M. October 31, 2019

    In the U.S. that’s called, “I forgot it was dress up for Halloween so I’ll pretend my regular clothes are a costume for something I’ll wittily come up with last minute.” So pretty close to the same thing.

  6. Unseeliepixie October 31, 2019

    The “person woken up by Amazon delivery” could be my roommate regularly.

  7. crayon October 31, 2019

    The store clerk is pure gold

  8. Anonymous November 1, 2019

    If you don’t live in Japan, you won’t get any of these. Brilliant is an understatement. Relatable? Very much so.

  9. Colleen Maria Lenihan November 1, 2019

    You don’t have to live in Japan to know these are hilarious.

  10. arbarbar November 1, 2019

    i live for these. genius

  11. Vera Gemini November 1, 2019

    It’s become a ” mundane” holiday.

  12. Tony November 1, 2019

    @Anonymous “If you don’t live in Japan, you won’t get any of these.”

    I don’t, and I did. You don’t need a science degree to decipher these.

    They are wonderful.

  13. Barb November 1, 2019

    I think they’re great. A lot are very clever. It’s not really right for Halloween, but it is Japan, which has no Halloween tradition, so a unique version is perfect. I’d rather see these than more ghouls and gore.

  14. Angela November 1, 2019

    Oh my biscuits. These are all amazing!

  15. Robert November 1, 2019

    Thanks for the laughs! They’re all brilliant.

  16. Anonymous November 1, 2019

    jeffrey epstein didn’t kill himself

  17. Anonymous November 1, 2019

    @Barb, same could be said for the states when they started to dress up kids as superheroes and dinosaurs and have them go door to door for candy; rather than have big family and friends parties with games and costumes as the main means of celebrating. Halloween, Christmas, and Easter have weird histories and spread in weird ways from country to country.

  18. Anonymous November 2, 2019

    My husband likes to dress up as a “Blood Donater” with a Red Cross T-shirt and a straw taped to his arm. It’s mostly funny to find people dressed as vampires and ask if they want a “sample.”

  19. Anonymous November 2, 2019

    The Japanese are very funny.

  20. Anonymous November 2, 2019

    Hilarious…

  21. John in Tokyo November 3, 2019

    “Tired office worker coming home after a long day” is a mis-translation of her placard, which reads:
    “A person whose heart is dead because she’s had to work on a holiday.”
    I know, funny either way.

  22. Tony Luxton November 3, 2019

    Whenever I’m at anything fancy-dress, I wear my normal clothes and say to people, “I am in fancy dress. Normally, I look like you”.

  23. Bob November 3, 2019

    i love this

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