Random Scenes From the Asakusa Samba Carnival

Previous posts on this blog about the Asakusa Samba Carnival like this one may have given you the impression that it’s all attractive young women in skimpy outfits. There are a lot of other things going on, though, if you can take your eyes off the ladies.

Marching band full of guys who must be very secure in their masculinity.

Right near the beginning of the parade comes a reminder from a local uchimizu group. Uchimizu is the practice of throwing water on the ground to reduce dust. It was probably a good idea a hundred years ago, but is now just wasteful and dangerous. People used to use bathwater, so it was not wasteful, and the streets really did get dusty, but these days, it just makes the paving stones slippery and I’ve seen numerous people slip or get splashed by overzealous street washers. Nobody uses bathwater, either, anymore, so they’re basically just wasting water by washing the pavement every day.

Next was the “arukutabaco” brigade. Many Japanese wards have made it illegal to walk around outside while smoking (although it’s perfectly fine to light up in enclosed spaces), supposedly because it’s dangerous. An journalist acquaintance of mine who looked into the facts of the matter, however, found that there has not been a single case of a person being seriously injured by someone carelessly smoking a cigarette.

The guys on the Asahi Beer float had the best seats in the house for watching the parade.web analytics


3 Responses to “Random Scenes From the Asakusa Samba Carnival”

  1. Random Scenes From the Asakusa Samba Carnival (2) « Quirky Japan Blog Says:

    […] samba posts are here, here, and here. Posted in Festivals, Tokyo and the Kanto Region. Tags: asakusa, carnival, japan, […]

  2. Tatara Festival in Kawaguchi City, Saitama « Quirky Japan Blog Says:

    […] Festival in Kawaguchi City, Saitama October 30, 2009 — qjphotos Tokyo’s Samba Carnival in Asakusa and the Awaodori Festival in Koenji are amazing spectacles, but they’re also […]

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: