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Other Festival

While large festivals are certainly the most well-known, they are by no means the only festivals you can find in and around Tokyo. For example, there are a myriad of local matsuri literally all over Japan, ranging from quaint to lively, and sometimes even raunchy. Very few matsuri in Japan started out as huge events; most began small and gained in popularity before becoming the national phenomenon we know today. Matsuri and other festivals are held all the time; it’s just a matter of finding them.

Samba Carnival

Description The Asakusa Samba Carnival is one of Tokyo’s most interesting multi-cultural events. Each year in late August, samba dance teams gather from all over Japan to perform in a spectacular parade that marks the largest samba event in Japan each year. The dancers dance their way through the streets from Asakusa Shrine to Tawaramachi Station. Dancers wear ornate outfits, generally adorned with huge, brightly colored feathers. The Asakusa Samaba Carnival was introduced in 1981 as a way to liven up the neighborhood, and has been going strong since.