Thursday, November 08, 2007

Japan's samba festival

I don't know what's more surprising—that Tokyo's Asakusa district has its own samba festival or that it's been held every year for the past 27 years.

A couple of generations ago, Asakusa was Tokyo's main entertainment district but was eclipsed by newer parts of town. Today, the area is known as a place where "old Japan" can still be experienced.

An excellent book to read to get an idea of what life was like on the seamier side of old Asakusa is Confessions of a Yakuza.

Cheerleaders at a samba festival? Go figure.

—Mellow Monk

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