The Asakusa Samba Carnival is the largest procession of its kind in Japan. Judges perched outside of the famed Kaminarimon gate watch 16 teams, each sporting its own theme from carnival to traditional matsuri (festival) aesthetics. From the floats to drummers and ornate feathered costumes, one of the area’s most popular summer festivals bursts with color and dynamic samba music. You can take a photo of the procession on Kaminarimon-dori — maybe even a snap with the lead dancer, deemed the Samba Queen — or, to avoid the crowd, enjoy great views from Tawaramachi Station. The samba spirit is strong this summer.