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The Tokyo Yamanote Halloween Train 2007 Video

 Here’s a video of the 2007 Yamanote Halloween Train which started in Ikebukuro and escaped the notice of the cops. It was a blast!

Happy Halloween!



October 30, 2007 - Posted by | Blogroll, event, festival, halloween, japan, life, tokyo, travel, video, yamanote halloween train, Yamanote Train, youtube


  1. It is very a trouble for the passenger though you might be happy.
    There might have been a lot of passengers who were not able to get on because of you, too.
    There is no custom of Halloween in Japan. I want you to do in your countries so much.

    Comment by jpman | October 31, 2007 | Reply

  2. You apparently have never ridden the Yamanote Line then. The Yamanote is a rather long train and we only occupied
    the front-center section of about 2 to 3 cars. Anyone could have just easily have walked one or two cars down and would
    have had no problem. Or they could have just waited for the next train in 3-4 minutes. The daily morning commute is far
    worse and many peole can’t get on the train right away – soemtimes they have to wait for 2 maybe three trains before getting

    And as for delays, there are more delays from suicides and technical problems. The Halloween Train only happens once a year.
    It happens on Saturday night when most people are going out to parties, izakaya, clubs, etc… It’s generally only on one
    train (this year was an exception) and not even the whole train. The event lasts 1-2 hours. Most people get off after the
    first loop so the second loop is quite small.

    And Halloween is quickly becoming a custom in Japan. Tokyu Hands, Loft, Seibu, etc… all carry Halloween items and you’ll
    always see many Japanese people there buying them.

    Comment by samuraidave | November 1, 2007 | Reply

  3. No, I often use Yamanote Line. Because I live in Tokyo outskirts.
    Certainly, another train comes at once if waiting for a few minutes because Yamanote Line is a loop line as said by you.
    However, there is no reason why you may make the train the hall of the Halloween party.
    The party that you held has obviously collided with the law of Japan. Did not you see the policeman undertake the precaution?
    The Japanese and the policeman in Japan keep their distance from the foreigner too much. They fear you.
    There were hundreds of reports that pressed the precaution from the citizens in the police on the day when the party was held. Any police were not made though it was it.
    The police fear the friction with various foreign countries.
    Most of the passenger except you should have frowned. Because the train of Japan is a transportation device as it was not a disco hall. (Will it be so also in your countries?)Do you to be think that you may afflict others for your enjoyments?
    What do you think when the foreigner doesn’t consider TPO in your countries and the fuss is started?
    Supermarkets in Japan are selling the Halloween goods as you certainly say yes.
    However, this is from a completely commercial reason, and a lot of good sense Japanese are coldly looking at this.
    And, a lot of passengers are broken the cellular phone and are angry for clothes to be stained by the drunken man.

    Comment by jpman | November 1, 2007 | Reply

  4. I think people need to lighten up a bit. Everyone is ready to dwelve into the commercial side of holidays, but then don’t know how to have fun. I remeber similiar incidents when the World Cup was in Japan and the Japanese were a bit rambunctious. Also, hanami parties where parks all over Japan are full of drunken people. Apparently then it’s ok. I can understand that it may bother some passengers, but at 9pm on a Saturday there is sure to be a train following a few minutes later, or you can move to another car. Anyways, in a country were groping women on the train is the norm, it’s hard to take these criticisms seriously. Get over it.

    BTW I always thought the Halloween car was a myth, but now I know different!

    Comment by Stef | November 2, 2007 | Reply

  5. Thanks, Stef! It’s a mountain out of a molehill and I don’t believe that a lot of passengers
    had their cellphones broken for a minute.

    Comment by samuraidave | November 2, 2007 | Reply

  6. 私は山手線を利用している日本人です。








    Comment by 山手線を使用する日本人 | November 3, 2007 | Reply

  7. I’m an American living in the States (have spent some time in Japan though) and as such I guess I have no connection to this event. But I thought I would comment anyway.

    I’d like to think that most of the people in the video went out drinking and somehow got mixed up in this train thing.
    But the people who planned this event demonstrated a serious lack of common sense. Anyone who has spent even a layover
    in Narita can imagine how badly this would go over. And why? Because you’d get arrested for pulling a stunt like
    this anyplace else. What makes this whole thing unique is not that so many locals were irate — it’s that the cops
    wouldn’t touch the partygoers. And that’s where this whole thing got racial, because you effectively asserted
    some kind of purported white privilege by daring the cops to do what they should have been doing all along.



    Comment by Chris | November 4, 2007 | Reply

  8. @6、差別する奴:今すぐ日本から出て行ってチョウダイ。halloween train partyは白人だけではなく黒人とか日本人があの電車を乗った。色んな人がhalloween trainを乗ったよ。別にそんなに迷惑じゃなかったんじゃん。チカンとか迷惑だよ。

    Comment by random.user | November 7, 2007 | Reply

  9. Chris, get wise, will you and stop spreading these ridiculous notions of
    racial issues. Only the xenophobes on made this a racial/foriegn

    Seriously do you think the cops are going to arrest over 200+ people who
    are just being a little loud in one section of one train for about an hour
    once a year? This isn’t Burma/Myanmar nor would they do so in other

    I’ve found that the critics of the Halloween Train betray far more ignorance, belligerence,
    and intolerance than the partiers they so self-righteously denounce.

    Comment by samuraidave | November 8, 2007 | Reply

  10. @ Dave, Burma?! Are you serious? Hold a drinking party on a train in New York and you’ll be arrested, guaranteed.

    Comment by Chris | November 27, 2007 | Reply

  11. NYC cops are going to arrest 200+ people having a bit of fun on a train? Riiiiggghhhtt!!!
    What ever are you smoking over there? What they would do is simply arrest those who got out
    of hand, not the entire group. If the whole thing got too wild, they shut it down and move
    people on but they wouldn’t arrest everyone. As I said, this ain’t Burma where the army has
    gone around arresting and disappearing hundreds of people. And keep your ridiculous racial
    assumptions to yourself.

    Comment by samuraidave | December 1, 2007 | Reply

  12. Samurai Daveって侍を名乗るな。このクソFUCKが。


    Comment by 774 | November 2, 2008 | Reply

  13. I for one was disturbed by this train.
    What is worse is their excuses.They never apologize, they have no feeling of guilty to me and other passengers.

    Once I said to them, why not have a party in a restaurant. They never accept, they continue to disturb others.

    Comment by KING | November 17, 2011 | Reply

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