The Asakusa Samba Carnival, also call Japan Carnival is one of Tokyo’s more lively and popular summer festivals. It attracts 500,000 visitors each year.
The parade features thousands of musicians and dancers in elaborate costumes. It’s led by the Queen of the Drums (Rainha de Bateria) who can be recognized by her ornate costume (and sash).
The Asakusa Samba Carnival is a team dance competition with around 20 teams competing. Each dance team is led by their prospective candidates for next year’s Queen of the Drums. These group leaders bear flags and have the most lavish costumes of each team.
The parade is a short walk from Tawaramachi Station or Asakusa Station on Umamichi Street and Kaminarimon Street near Sensoji Temple.