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Global Film Industry Rocked as Germany’s Prime Minister Calls for Ban on Merkins

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Japan: Nazi-Like Costumes Cause Backlash

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TOKYO (Jiji Press) — The Keyakizaka 46 girls group provoked an international backlash over their use of Halloween costumes looking like Nazi military uniforms in an event in Yokohama on Oct. 22.

The U.S.-based Simon Wiesenthal Center, which monitors anti-Semitism movements, issued a statement on Monday demanding an apology from Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc., which the group belongs to, and its producer, Yasushi Akimoto.

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The center called the costumes, including black cloaks and uniform caps with eagle emblems, “inappropriate and deeply offensive.” Read the rest of this entry »


[VIDEO] The Answer to All Your Problems: Howling Wolf Mask 

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History of Halloween

<> on October 28, 2011 in Chicago, United States.

Halloween is the season for little ghosts and goblins to take to the streets, asking for candy and scaring one another silly. Spooky stories are told around fires, scary movies appear in theaters and pumpkins are expertly (and not-so-expertly) carved into jack-o’-lanterns.

Amid the silly and scary antics, Halloween is much more than just costumes and candy; in fact, the holiday has a rich and interesting history.

Halloween, also known as All Hallows’ Eve, can be traced back about 2,000 years to a pre-Christian Celtic festival held around Nov. 1 called Samhain (pronounced “sah-win”), which means “summer’s end” in Gaelic, according to the Indo-European Etymological Dictionaries.

Because ancient records are sparse and fragmentary, the exact nature of Samhain is not fully understood, but it was an annual communal meeting at the end of the harvest year, a time to gather resources for the winter months and bring animals back from the pastures…(read more)

Source: archaelogicalnews


 [VIDEO] ‘Pirate Cat’ Goes Viral

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[PHOTO] Best ‘Day of the Dead’ Costume

Check out this amazing Day of the Dead costume…The dress is skillfully made of “cups, plates, and plastic utensils.” (more here)

Source: Goli Mohammadi – MAKE magazine


[PHOTO] Yvonne Craig as Batgirl, 1960s

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Captain America #138, June 1971: Stan Lee, Tony Mortellaro, & John Romita Sr.

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Captain America #138 (June 1971)

Art John Romita Sr. & John Romita Sr
Words by Stan Lee

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Who Says Ebola Can’t Be Sexy?

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Ebola Nurse Halloween Costumes Arouse (Concern)

Sexy cop, sexy Snow White and sexy corn have new, topical competition in the skimpy Halloween-wear section: Meet “Sexy Ebola Containment Suit,” the most awkward and arguably insensitive of them all.

“The fact that there’s a sexy ebola nurse costume proves the sexy costumes have gone out of control.”

— Individual on Twitter experiencing full-blown Halloween costume panic

Online retailer BrandsOnSale, which bills itself as a “Unique Costume Shop and more” unveiled the new ensemble days ago, featuring a short white dress, face shield, breathing mask, safety goggles and blue latex gloves at $59.99 per costume. A pair of bright yellow knee-high rubber boots can be purchased at an additional cost.

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The Internet met the news of the costume with mixed responses.

“I’m in complete and utter disgust,” one Twitter user reacted, while another questioned the costume’s existence. Read the rest of this entry »


[PHOTO] かわいい!Lindo! Kawaii! Tokyo Disney Sea Día de los Muertos Skeleton Parade

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Some truly colorful (and very kawaii!) festive images at Tokyoblings Blog, see them here:

It is Halloween which just possibly could be the highest point of the season at the newer one of Tokyo’s two different Disney parks, Tokyo Disney Sea. The whole park is decorated in a sort of hyper colorful Mexican Day of the Dead theme with fantastic looking skeletons entertaining the visitors throughout the park…(more)

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[VIDEO] Reason TV: Comic-Con, Flesh, Fantasy, Cosplay, and Self-Expression

Reason TV ventured to Comic-Con International in San Diego to check out the booming culture of cosplay, in which people dress up as their favorite superheroes, literary figures, or fantasy icons. Why do cosplayers dedicate so much time, money, and energy to their alter egos? Its fun, they say, and its a powerful form of self-expression…(read more)

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[VIDEO] LED BABY Halloween Costume Preview


John F. Kennedy in Oval Office with Kids in Halloween Costumes

John F. Kennedy in Oval Office with Kids in Halloween Costumes


Trick or Treat! A concise guide to Halloween attractions in Japan

Women clad in special costumes pose for pictures as they walk on the street during the Halloween Parade in Kawasaki, suburb of Tokyo on October 28, 2012. Some 100,000 visitors enjoy the costume parade which about 3,000 people took part in.    AFP PHOTO/Toru YAMANAKA

Women in costumes pose for pictures during the Halloween Parade in Kawasaki. AFP PHOTO/Toru YAMANAKA

Halloween has become one of the three largest Western-influenced events celebrated in Japan following Christmas and Valentines’ Day. Though the spooky festival’s cultural origins are not the reason why the celebrations are observed, the Japanese do enjoy getting decked in themed costumes, thus making it a major commercial celebration for many.

The widespread popularity of the festival has resulted in confectionary makers rolling out Halloween-themed goodies, restaurants preparing Halloween-inspired menus, fashion outlets retailing Halloween-related costumes and accessories, and of course, entertainment facilities going all out with Halloween events.

We’ve put together a concise guide to some of the Halloween festivities taking place this year, so if you’re planning a trip to Japan during this season, here’s what you can expect!

 – RocketNews24


VIDEO: Balloon Artist Creates Amazing Iron Man Costume

Jeff Wright, known for the Buzz Lightyear costume he made in 2011, is at it again. This time, streaming service blinkbox challenged him to create an Iron Man costume in under 10 hours and using no more than 500 balloons. Obviously, he was up for the task. But apparently, the most difficult part was simply not knowing how it would turn out. Read the rest of this entry »