Monday, September 2, 2013

(381) Samba in Asakusa – 1


True to Edo and Tokyo’s honored tradition, the idea started somewhere else (Kobe) but after 32 years and with the number of both participants and viewers rising every year, Asakusa can very well claim samba as its specialty. On the last Saturday of August, the street in front of Kaminar-mon becomes a sambadrome and tens of crews from all over Japan in magnificent costumes and riding floats bordering on the surreal, participate in a dance-contest starting in the morning and ending late in the afternoon.

(For a bigger version of this picture both in color and black and white, check my "Japan Arekore" set on Flickr)

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