Halloween at Stuyvesant Place.
Halloween is coming just around the corner. "However for us, Japanese,
it seems something like a festival of the country far away" I thought
so. But I was told it's quite popular even in Japan now. I heard it's marked
as the annual event on the calendar.
Then I remembered that big Halloween parade held in Greenwich village,
New York. Well, I'll talk about my first experience of Halloween on this
In the evening, I was preparing for going to see the costume parade of
Halloween. In those days, Halloween hadn't had a popularity yet in Japan.
(I'm sure for that. ) So I really expected for the first Halloween experience
in The States. The costume parade would be nice. But I could have a costume
party or parade even in Japan. What I really wanted was serving the children
who came to my house saying "Trick or treat!" (I had childish
personality. But I didn't mean I wanted to get candies in this case. I
wanted take a role as an ADULT. I wanted to pass 'em out the candies)
But...I thought about My apartment on Stuyvesant Place in Staten Island. The apartment had a strong ethnic taste. The curry smell always flew over the hall way. Most of the residents
who I met at the entrance hall were in Indian traditional dress, Sally.
My neighborhood was Taiwanese student. And of course I'm Japanese. Plus,
my room mate was Moroccan. The friends came to my house were Palestine,
Senegalese and Yemenis. Some how, I felt the apartment was the farthest
place from this Celt originated festival. Of course, I was satisfied with
the environment. But only on the day, I hate it just a little bit. It's
quite tough situation for having the miracle of "Trick or treat".
Nevertheless I'd bought candies at super market. And I prepared for the
After all, a bunch of candies were standing by in the kitchen cabinet on
I had extra time for the ferry to Manhattan. So I listened the radio on
the bed. "Knock, knock" I felt somebody had knocked on the door.
I turned down the volume of radio. "Knock, knock" Yes, it's knocking
the door. I checked out through the door scope. What I saw was the figures
of 3 children sticking each other like saying "You first""No,
You first" Shortly after....
"Trick or treat!"
Oh, my God honey. "Trick or treat" is coming, darling. Darling!
"Trick or treat" is coming'! Of course no darling was there.
I was so confused. Then I opened the door. I saw three Indian children
in imperfect costume there. I put my palms together in front of my chest
and said "Namaste" No, they were not coming to my house for saying"Namaste"today.
I didn't need to be haste. But I was so frightened for sudden attack of
"Trick or treat" I went to the kitchen quickly to get the candies.
It's very funny. 'Cos I was absolutely confused nevertheless I had expected
all of these things.
I put the candies in their bags one by one. At the next moment, they turned
away from me and walked up to the door of Taiwanese neighbor. They are
real business person.
However I was so happy with that. I was realized that I was in the State
by the happening. And I felt I had done the duty as an adult for the first
time ever in The United States. With this happy and a little bit funny
story, I went to the place of appointment at the Halloween parade.
"Pumpkin decoration" NYC, New York, USA 1991
Far away from home country As-Salaam Aleykum