The Carnival in Rio de Janeiro is a world famous festival held before Lent every year and considered the biggest carnival in the world with 2 million people per day on the streets.
Do you know that the BIGGEST samba carnival out of Brazil is hosted in Asakusa Japan?
The Asakusa Samba Carnival is one of Tokyo's more lively and popular summer festivals. It attracts 500,000 visitors each year.The festival has been held at the end of August since 1981. The one exception was 2011 when the festival was canceled due to the impact of the 2011 Tohoku earthquake.Samba is a surprisingly common hobby in Tokyo.
Brazil is home to the largest Japanese community outside Japan. As a result, there are strong cultural ties between the two countries.The parade features thousands of musicians and dancers in elaborate costumes. It's led by the Queen of the Drums (Rainha de Bateria) who can be recognized by her ornate costume (and sash). The Asakusa Samba Carnival is a team dance competition with around 20 teams competing. Each dance team is led by their prospective candidates for next year's Queen of the Drums. These group leaders bear flags and have the most lavish costumes of each team.
The parade is a short walk from Tawaramachi Station or Asakusa Station on Umamichi Street and Kaminarimon Street near Sensoji Temple.
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|Closest Stations:(walking time)||Asakusa Toei Station (4 minutes)Asakusa Station (5 minutes)Tawaramachi Station (6 minutes)Honjo-Azumabashi Station (14 minutes)|
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Try out some ninja moves by the Kaminarimon ("Thunder Gate"), the outer of the two large entrances leading to the Senso-ji temple. The gate, with its lantern and statues, is perfect spot for a few photos while dressed in your ninja garb. Head down Nakamise Dori and check out one of the oldest shopping streets in Japan. There are numerous stores along Nakamise Dori, about 50 on the east side and 30 on the west side, all of them of historical interest. Along the way, sample tsukudani, a preserved food boiled in soy sauce, and pop in to the ninja store for some souvenirs.
After you have spent some time touring the local streets, try your hand at cooking a traditional Japanese dish for lunch. Okonomiyaki is a savory Japanese pancake that consists of batter and cabbage and is perfect for refueling active ninjas. After lunch, stop in to one of Tokyo's many purikura booths for fun photos, which you can edit and illustrate before receiving a sticker print-out. End your ninja adventure by snacking on dagashi, traditional Japanese sweets, before saying goodbye.