Asakusa Samba Carnival

Yesterday Asakusa held its 27th Samba Carnival since 1981. It’s Tokyo largest annual samba carnival with over 500,000 crowd lined up on the street this day of the year to look on the passionate parade of samba dancers makes its way around Sensoji Temple in a highly charged rhythmical atmosphere.

The parade took about 5 hours that day and it’s sure a hot day there. Enjoy the rest ๐Ÿ™‚
50 images and 1 video more after the jump.

Before the pictures, here is my crappy video shot on one of the groups. Sorry, I was holding my big camera, taking shots and taking this video all at the same time. Although you might get a little bit of the rhythmical atmosphere there.

Now, for the pictures. All the pictures here as usual have its high-resolution view, just click on it.

Sorry again for the flood of images, still better than 400 of it. Alright, till then.

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8 responses to “Asakusa Samba Carnival

  1. very nice photoset! saw a ref to this event in the Bangkok Post yesterday and i suppose i’ll have to make a point to be in Tokyo in August ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Pingback: Koenji Awa Odori Festival « xenblog

  3. wow samba carnival looks like a lot of fun.
    nice photos!
    You took the photos with your new lens?

    ็Œซ

  4. @Chinarut: Thanks, yeah August is the Bon Odori month for Japan which means there is going to be a lot odori(dance) festival like this. It’s pretty amazing when they pull it off at such scale.

    @neko: It even more fun when I was there, photo unfortunately can’t manage to capture this. Yes all the photos that I took recently was with the new lens. Most of the Asakusa Samba photos turn up pretty good, very little or no vignetting at all. But it was difficult with the Koenji Awa Odori photos because combination of low light and fast movement is the worst scene for photo without good lighting to back up.

  5. Hi, just wanting to know when the Asakusa Samba Festival 2008 will be, do you know?

  6. @Kerry: This year [2008] will be on the 3oth. More information on their Japanese site.

    From what I can read,
    Date: August 30 (Sat.)
    Time: 1:30pm – 6:00pm
    Venue: Umamichi Dori-Street (้ฆฌ้“้€šใ‚Š) till Kaminarimon Dori-Street (้›ท้–€้€šใ‚Š)

    My advise if you want to get a good place, have early lunch and get there early. Bring water, face towel and fan if needed cause you are going to be in the hot sun for at least 4-5 hours.

    I will be going there as well this year, if nothing comes up.

  7. Quero ter um encontro com essa mulata daรญ da foto.

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