Asakusa Samba Carnival, Tokyo

The Asakusa samba carnival which started in 1981 is the greatest samba carnival contest in Japan. It is held on last Saturday of August and is the event that approximately 500,000 people come every year. The contest of the earnest which is not a mere parade is done in the Asakusa samba carnival. Therefore, highlights are dancers’ full-scale performance and gorgeous clothes.
The quality seems to be the level that is praised highly from home Brazil.

This carnival consists of four, “S1 league”, “S2 league”, “theme samba league”, and “communication league.” So, in “S1 league” and “S2 league”, since ranking is decided by strict examination, a high-level battle is especially under way.
Not only grading by a judge but a spectator along the route can vote for a favorite team by mobile phone.

A musical band which beat out a rhythm bears the important role that can be said also as the center of a samba team.
A musical band is called “Bateria”, uses the sound of a variety of drums, and a musical instrument peculiar to samba, and produces a peculiar rhythm.

Various specialists exist in a samba team. The two-person group consists of Porta-Bandeira (male) and Mestre-Sala (woman) with the flag “Bandeira” is a symbol of a team.
Let’s take notice of splendid performance of “Passista” who is a specialist of a dance, “Malabarista” who shows acrobatics, etc. by all means!

On the day of the parade, Alegría (festival car) of the gorgeous decoration is also the highlight. Let’s enjoy ourselves like the performance of the samba dancer of gay dress!


Name:Asakusa Samba Carnival
Address:Asakusa 1-1 Taito-ku, Tokyo 111-0032 Japan
Access:Tokyo Metro Ginza-sen Line “Asakusa-eki Station” (1 minute walk)
Tel:(+81)3-3847-0038 (Executive Committee of Asakusa Samba Carnival)
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