Reuters reports on the increased popularity of Halloween in Japan:

GHOSTIES and ghoulies, princesses and pumpkins took to the streets of Tokyo this weekend as Japan celebrated one of its newest festivals Halloween.

Little known two decades ago, Halloween has spread in cities such as Tokyo, where autumn now sees florists selling pumpkins, shopping arcades festooned with paper Jack o’lanterns and even black-and-orange costumes for dogs on offer at pet shops.

The article traces the introduction of Halloween to Japan to the opening of Disneyland Toyko in 1983.