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Coronavirus rains on Tokyo's samba parade again

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By Eriko Arita

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While the decision to postpone seems to have come very early, the committee needs more than half a year to prepare the huge event that features 4,000 performers, he said.

Come on, it's NOT that huge! We have a yearly tug-of-war down here that has over 50,000 people participating, and close to 10,000 "performers" who participate in the parade that precedes it.

And I am quite sure that there are other "more-huge" events through out Japan that are much larger in scale, that there is no need to once again over exaggerate the size and complexity of hold an event like this.

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...more presumed culture going on I suspect...

I have no objection to people trying out things from other cultures, but I would bet anyone a Dr. Pepper most of the people involved have no idea what a Brazilian Carnival actually is, or about, or why it's done etc.

is an annual Brazilian festival held between the Friday afternoon before Ash Wednesday at noon, which marks the beginning of Lent, the forty-day period before Easter. During Lent, Roman Catholics and some other Christians traditionally abstained from the consumption of meat and poultry, hence the term "carnival", from carnelevare, "to remove (literally, "raise") meat."

It would be like a random Tokyo neighborhood throwing a Mardi Gras parade. Not against that! But i would have lots of questions as to why. And my concern would be that the original value is lost.

Better yet, how would Japan feel if my home town in a far away land decided to conduct its own Winter Night Festival "in the sprit" of Chichicbu, Saitama?

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Events like this put some much-needed fun in people's lives, so its a shame they can't be held.

Its probably more Carnival cosplay than anything authentic, but that's okay if people are enjoying themselves. My concern would actually be with the competition aspect of it, which in Japan means some and possibly many of the participants will take it far too seriously. My missus does hula and one of her teachers was a right bully who would regularly dress down my wife and her mates (all once a week mothers of young children) as if they were in the Bolshoi Ballet.

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Yes it’s fun, but it’s just a small festival. We can do it next year, and the year after. Protecting people’s health is much more important.

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Mikoshi in matsuri is the symbol of Japan. Last year, they were all cancelled and this year seems the same. I went to Asakusa before to see the samba. I was disappointed seeing volumeless bodies of Japanese female dancers compared with dancers from Brazil.

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The girls always look like a bunch of Kardashians showing off inflated booties.

-2 ( +3 / -5 )

The organizers of a local festival have decided to postpone their event due to the pandemic. How is it that the international Olympic committee still can’t do the same.

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Better yet, how would Japan feel if my home town in a far away land decided to conduct its own Winter Night Festival "in the sprit" of Chichicbu, Saitama?

Probably be tickled pink that some forn place wanted to copy Japan.

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

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Oh well. Something tells me Rio's carnival is going to get rained on too. Such is life during a PANDEMIC!

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Attracts old guys with their cameras, some looking like they will have a heart attack. I enjoyed watching the samba.

Lol zichi...yeah I bet it does.

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