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Omiya Samba Carnival

Posted in People, Places by tokyobling on August 20, 2015

A couple of weekend I visited Omiya City in Saitama Prefecture just north of Tokyo for their annual summer festival. It is a newish, huge, city festival (so no properly traditional or religious significance to it as yet), where they show a little bit of everything the city has to offer in terms of culture. One of these being a proper samba carnival! Having never seen a samba carnival in Brazil I can not vouch for how authentic it feels, but it sure looks spectacular! The outlandish costumes, the music (and not least the ladies) are huge attractions for locals and the streets were lined ten deep along the parade route.

August has been very very hot in Japan, with few days under 35 degrees celsius and temperatures hitting 40 even in Saitama Prefecture on several days. To dance for a two hours more or less nonstop in this heat is a feat in itself. The men and women did a great job.

Brazilians make up one of Japan biggest ethnic minorities, and there are currently about 300 000 of them in Japan, mostly concentrated in the factory towns on the southern coast of Japan, stretching between Shizuoka Prefecture and Osaka. Most famously in the city of Hamamatsu where most street signs used to be bilingual in Japanese and Portuguese.


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  1. Nature on the Edge said, on August 20, 2015 at 9:10 am

    Lovely, pure glitz and glamour. Nice to see a melding of cultures and interesting to learn that the Brazilians are so numerous in terms of ethnics minorities.


  2. Junko said, on August 20, 2015 at 3:45 pm

    At least those girls get some relief from the heat by their airy costume, compared to the Awaodori dancers!


  3. christiellen said, on August 22, 2015 at 1:49 pm

    Simply beautiful costumes. Everyone looks like they are having so much fun.


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