“Asakusa Samba Carnival” known as the largest samba event in Japan. Dance and performance that is incomparable to Rio’s samba in Brazil will fascinate many people. It is now at a high level that is called “the largest Samba carnival in the Northern Hemisphere.” It is held on the last Saturday in August and is a major event representing Asakusa, where about 5,000 people from about 20 organizations will participate. 500,000 people visit every year, and it is crowded with many people.
“Asakusa Samba Carnival” began in 1981. Asakusa once flourished as a major center of entertainment such as movie theaters and entertainment. However, at that time the boom had left, the city was not lively and it was considered the beginning of the carnival that was carried out in order to regain liveliness to Asakusa.
At the “Asakusa Samba Carnival” held at the time, full-fledged Samba team did not participate as much as now, and many teams different from Samba style participated. Celebrities also served as judge chairman, and the intention of the review chairperson was strongly reflected in the result of the contest. After that, the number of teams gradually adapted to Brazilian home country increased. In 1999, AESA (Asakusa Escola the Samba Association) by escola was launched. Based on the recommendations of AESA, now the judges are chosen by those who are interested in Brazil and samba.
At the beginning the parade was mainly held at night, but for the safety reasons of participants and spectators, it is now held from noon to evening. Therefore, now it is an event that can be enjoyed by elderly people and children.
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)|