Japan's Jimi Halloween festival showcases the mundane horrors of daily life
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Japan celebrates Halloween a little differently. At the annual Jimi Halloween festival, attendees forego dressing up in traditional spooky getups. Instead they don something even scarier: costumes showing the mundanity of daily life.
Jimi Halloween, which roughly translates to "mundane halloween" has been running since 2014 and was established on the blog Daily Portal Z by a group of adults who were too embarrassed to dress up in costumes, according to Japanese art and culture site Spoon & Tamago.
Revelers dress up in normal clothing as a person engaging in a regular daily task, and the costumes are usually so plain they require some explanation.
Here are a few favorites.