Trick or treat? There was a Halloween party at Mairo, the bakery shop in Meito-ku, on October 29. It was an annual party. How time flies! The last year party seemed like only the event of the previous day…Does that mean I have become older? Anyway, the party was really fun as always!
This year I invited two new people to the party. One is a friend at mixi, the social network in Japan, and another one is a sales clerk at a shopping center nearby.
One day, the mixi friend wrote on his wall of Facebook, “I’ve got three days off at the end of this month. What shall I do?” So, I left a comment, “I’m going to take part in a Halloween party on 29. It’s held at a bakery shop where customers do something. How about coming to Nagoya and going to the party together with me?” He lives in Tokyo, though, he came!
The clerk sells ladies clothing and I sometimes buy clothes there. So we are acquainted. I have talked to her about the Halloween party before, and one day when I dropped by she asked me, “Is the Halloween party you have mentioned before going to be held this year, too?” So, I replied, “Yes, it’s on 29. Why don’t you come? It’ll be fun!” And she came with a friend of hers.
All the participants were wearing costumes at the bakery shop. So were the bakery’s owner and staffers, of course! I don’t know whether it’s because people can act other characters or show their real characters in costumes and thick make-ups, but all of them were really excited and enjoyed ourselves at the party talking to many monsters over delicious food.
At 8 o’clock p.m. we in all Halloween costumes went outside and walked to a house near the bakery shop. “Trick or treat?!” We shouted. The door opened and it revealed through the light that the house, which was traditional Japanese style, was not suited to a Western event…But the residents welcomed us, all of who were wearing strange costumes and make-ups, warmly and gave us sweet treats…Actually, they were very excited to see us and took our photos frantically, saying, “Here they really come!”
All of the participants looked happy and content when we came back to the bakery. We had a really good time together. What a life! I am really lucky to be pleased with many nice friends! I’m sure the two of new comers also had a great time! I knew it because of their expressions! I was very happy to see them and the other participants laughing!
I can enjoy a quality of life because Japan is still peaceful in spite of that it has many problems, such as the nuclear accident, the recovery from the great earthquake and the tsunami, the typhoon damages, TPP issue, etc…I’m thankful for each day and pray for peace in the world.
Mairo: #2-1112, Umemorizaka, Meito-ku, Nagoya, Aichi, Japan