The samba carnival is always a special day in Asakusa. Dancers, singers, and percussionists heat up the area around Senso-ji Temple with samba music and colorful costumes.
37th Asakusa Samba Carnival Parade Contest
Saturday, 25 August 2018, 13:00 to 18:00
This fun event is very popular so come early, especially if you want to take pictures. The samba parade takes place around Senso-ji Temple, starting
on the street running between Senso-ji Temple and Sumida River. In front of Azuma-bashi Bridge the samba teams turn right onto Kaminarimon-dori. They go past Senso-ji Temple’s Kaminarimon Gate and the Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center to the end of this street.
This year eight samba teams from different cities in Japan compete in the top S1 league with 150-300 people per team and 10 teams compete in the S2 league with 30-150 people per team. Out of competition one New Zealand and one Brazil team will also join the parade.
Each samba school picks a theme for their parade. They compose a new song for it and create costumes and floats that bring the theme to life. Last year G.R.E.S. Nakamise BARBAROS won the parade contest in the S1 league with their “cabaret” inspired costumes and floats. G.R.E.S. Uniao dos Amadores chose the theme “prehistoric times” and came dressed up as hunters, wild flowers, and animals. G.R.E.S. Liberdade’s theme was “into the sky” with wings, balloons, magic broomsticks, and rainbows. Let’s see what the teams have prepared for us this year. It sure will be fun!
Official website: http://www.asakusa-samba.org/index.html
Access: The Asakusa Stations of Ginza Line, Asakusa Line, and Tobu Skytree Line are very close to the parade’s route. You can also walk over from the usually less crowded Ginza Line Tawaramachi Station or the Tsukuba Express Asakusa Station.