Asakusa Samba Carnival 2018, Tokyo 浅草サンバカーニバル
The annual Asakusa Samba Carnival takes place in Asakusa in Tokyo this year on Saturday August 25.
This is the 37th installment of this popular Brazilian-inspired carnival which began in 1981.
Carnival Route Asakusa Samba Carnival 2018
The parade starts just outside the Ekimise shopping building housing the Tobu Skytree Line’s Asakusa Station. It then goes down to and then right into Kaminarimon Avenue.
It continues past the huge red Kaminarimon Gate of Sensoji Temple, and finishes a few hundred meters further on at Sushiya-dori.
Altogether crowds of half a million people are expected to turn out and watch the colorful carnival parade.
Samba teams from around Japan take part in the Asakusa Samba Carnival.
This year there are 18 teams in two leagues. The majority of the samba teams are from Tokyo but there are also participating teams from Osaka, Chiba, Ibaraki, Saitama, Kanagawa and Shizuoka. There is also a mixed team made up of members from Tokyo, Nagoya and Kagoshima.
Japan has a large Brazilian population, and the participating teams do include numerous Brazilian members.
However, the vast majority of participants are Japanese, many of whom have spent time in Brazil absorbing and perfecting their carnival skills.
The Carnival is a contest which ensures that the competing teams give it their all.
Asakusa Samba Carnival 2018 Further Information
The parade takes place between 1 pm to 6 pm. It is at its liveliest during the last hour as the contest reaches its climax.
Read about the 2016 Brazil Festival in Yoyogi Park, Tokyo which takes places in July every year.
The 2016 Asakusa Samba Carnival (35th edition).