– Tokyo to host Asakusa Samba Carnival 2010 on 28 August

From: DirectRooms
Published: Tue Jul 20 2010

During the Asakusa Samba Carnival the streets of Tokyo come alive with girls wearing fabulous costumes dancing to Latin sounds, Tokyo’s version of the Rio Carnival. The highlight of the day is the Grand Parade which starts in the middle of the afternoon.

Japan has a variety of samba groups, a selection of who will be performing at the carnival. There will even be a number of groups straight out of Brazil. Sideshows include children’s performances, performances of folk songs and shamisen players.
Spectators are expected to come from all over, including locals in Tokyo as well as international tourists. For tourists there will be many hotels in Tokyo to choose from so finding a cheap Tokyo hotel is not a problem.

Asakusa is a town which developed around a local temple and the town observes many traditional festivals. However the Samba Carnival was started as a new event in 1981 when the Mayor of Taito City invited the winners of that year’s Rio Carnival to perform around Asakusa.

The Asakusa Samba Carnival is not just a parade; it also involves a competition with prizes that is divided into three leagues. In the top league serious dancers compete for the best performance of real Brazilian samba and the competition is all about technical skills and powerful displays.


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