published Thursday, October 31st, 2013

‘Zombies’ swarm Tokyo Tower in Halloween stunt

Former sumo grand champion Akebono, center, and other participants in zombie costumes, perform during a Halloween event at Tokyo Tower in Tokyo, Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)
Former sumo grand champion Akebono, center, and other participants in zombie costumes, perform during a Halloween event at Tokyo Tower in Tokyo, Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)
Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

A zombie swarm in Tokyo? Why not, it’s Halloween.

Led by a former sumo grand champion, about 1,000 beauty schools students and Halloween fun-seekers descended on Tokyo Tower — the Japanese capital’s most iconic landmark — on Thursday in a “zombie attack” organized by Fox International Channels, Japan, to mark the beginning in the country of Season 4 of the popular TV show “The Walking Dead.”

Replete with black eyes, blood-soaked clothes and enough open wounds to fill several emergency rooms, the “zombies” covered the grounds of the tower in central Tokyo after making their way across town on buses and trains — much to the surprise of unsuspecting onlookers.

Halloween is popular in Japan, and Tokyo’s subways are often crowded with partygoers in full costume on Halloween night.

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