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Asakusa Samba Carnival
The Carnival for Regional Development
Date:31, Aug, 2016
Investigated and Written by Misaka Youhei
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Wonderful was Rio Olympic in 2016 August. Watching the opening ceremony, nobody will deny that Brazil is doubtlessly a country of carnivals. Japanese must show gratitude, because they danced a special praying play at Japan time 8:15 on August 6. America dropped an atomic bomb onto Hiroshima at the time of 1945. Not only that one, all of their dances were very admirable.



Well, the Japanese representative carnival is “Asakusa Samba Carnival.” Almost every August, the samba contest-cum-festival is held in Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo.



I will explain why the samba carnival was born. Asakusa used to be the center of entertainment like dramatic art and plays. Through training at the district, appeared many popular personalities like Enomoto Kenichi and Asaka Mitsuyo. The more televisions spread, the downer the business went, however. Then headmen of the ward copied the Samba Festival from Kobe Festival via Yomiuri Shinbunsha in 1981.



Japanese festivals mostly tend to be memorial services for ancestral souls. Samba originated from dance among African slaves in turn. Asakusa people do not care about the elements, however. They are alright to drink looking at almost-naked women. In short, that is only a spree for regional development.



The carnival is a typical example that you should only sing, dance and enjoy for regional development, because it does not includes any cultural and religious backgrounds. Now, worldwide, carnivals have lately been just touristic events losing the religious background. So in a sense, that event is supposed to be based on the worldwide standard. I have understood that it is important for wearisome adults to have a spree or two.



Asakusa Samba Carnival Official Site (Japanese)




 

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