As one cliché goes, if you've got to end something, end it with a bang. So did Tokyo with its own way of saying goodbye to summer, capping the season with a colorful, sexy, spectacular extravaganza, the Asakusa Samba Festival.
Since returning back to Japan last 2008, I've never missed this event. The Asakusa Samba Festival is always a hit and everyone, from spectators to dancers to staff, does not mind the heat just to be a part of this send off.
a bonding of two countries
Last 2011, because of the earthquake, the festival was canceled. I always blogged about my experiences and 2008, 2009 Samba Festival were no exceptions. Last 2010, I did not have an entry about but I posted a photo in flickr and one of the revelers informed me that it was her, perhaps she was exploring the net that time. This year, I got the chance to see her again. Too bad their group was too fast, was able to click my camera only a few times.
Everyone can join the parade, young, old, men, women. The colors brought the streets of Asakusa to life. Who cares about the 33 deg C temperature?
As expected, the crowd last Saturday doubled as compared to previous years. Perhaps everyone missed it last year. Must be the heat, but there were 2-3 commotions that took place. We thought we had a good spot after arriving at the venue by 10 am. We were wrong, some of the spectators were already up by 6 am. Everyone was a photographer for a day. I wasn't in an ideal spot, but I'll take it.
The event seems to be never ending. The rhythm just keeps on beating, inviting all who are there to move their bellies. It's a one huge party. Party that you wish wouldn't stop. Until the last beat, the place is still shaking. This time, it's not about the earthquake.
What's in store for 2013 Samba Festival? Twelve more months to go and we will know the answer.
hope to join you next year. I remember this event as where I first used the 70-200 L. looking forward to your next "never missed this event" set. the Kawasaki halloween.ReplyDelete
will miss the kawasaki halloween this year. haha. i'm on vacation.Delete
what amazing costumes! I feel for those girls though with all that makeup on, in that heat...ReplyDelete
but i still believe that they were having fun :-)Delete
Incredible array of stunning costumes - bright colours and creative! The experience must have been dazzling!ReplyDelete
dazzling is a perfect term for it. why i didn't use it. Thanks Gemma.Delete
This looks like it would be great fun to watch... vibrant color in motion... great photos!ReplyDelete
it was. i always see to it that i am a part of it... as a spectator. Thanks JosieDelete
Being a spectator means you have taken part and that wonderful feeling of being part of any festival is exhilarating. What a great post as of course of yours all are!ReplyDelete
Thanks OE. yes, it was really fun :-) Hope to see it again next year.Delete
Excellent pictures. Must be fun to be there.ReplyDelete
it was! *-) Thanks HarshadDelete
So colorful!!! :) Medyo nabother lang ako sa first pic.hahaha. :)ReplyDelete
panggulat ba ang first pic hahaDelete
awesome - the event, the photos and your experience :)ReplyDelete
Thanks Kit. Will visit your blog soonDelete
gorgeous pageantry....love the costumes and general happy feel to this event....move your bellies! great fun..ReplyDelete
i tried moving my belly. it didnt look good haha. thanks!Delete
That looks like a very nice festival, Totomai. :)ReplyDelete
I needed Google's help to find that the two countries in the bonding were Japan and Brazil.
Forgot my OSI link.Delete
Jim's OSI for August 27, 2012
i should have mentioned the countries specifically. thanks Jim!Delete
Beautiful! I love the first photo the most. :)ReplyDelete
it wasn't that focused though :-( thanks!Delete
every year ka talagang nanjan eh no.. walang mintis.. may inaabangan? eheheheheReplyDelete
oo pot ang mga obaachan haha. adik!Delete
Ang daming sexy! Kaya siguro favorite mo 'to. Just kidding :DReplyDelete
haha oo kit. pawisan habang nanonood lolDelete
You sure can take some kickass photos!ReplyDelete
BTW, what lens were you using here? The bokeh looks incredibly creamy, the subject stands out as if almost in an empty space :)
I used macro lens (Nikkor 105mm 2.8f) during this event. Thanks thanks!
Nice. Yeah we use Nikons for our pics also, but I think we just need more practice hehe. Thanks again!Delete
Bang on the first pic! Hahaha :) Oh now I know very sacred ang start and end of summer sa Japan. :) I'm learning a lot from your blog! Keep sharing. :)ReplyDelete
Thanks Mela :-) Trying to share about Japan while I'm still hereDelete