Monday, 23rd August 2010
In Events In Japan,
Rio Carnival comes to Tokyo
Tokyo's Asakusa district is set to host the Japanese Rio Carnival at the end of the month.
Held on August 28th, the event will take over the local streets with a mix of samba music, dancing and stunning costumes. It is expected that over 500,000 people will turn out to see the amazing display, which has been held in the Japanese city since 1981.
The main focus of the day will be on the Grand Parade, which will start mid-afternoon and continue with partying into the night. Up to 40 teams take part in the event ranging from professionals travelling from Brazil – the home of carnival – to people who just want to dance and have fun.
In addition, there will also be a whole host of other entertainment including sideshows for children and traditional folk singing.
The main attraction of Asakusa is the Sensoji Temple. Rumoured to have been completed in 645AD, the temple is the oldest in Tokyo and has three main gates.
Written by Susan Ballion.