The popular Asakusa Samba Carnival which would have been held on Aug. 27, 2011, has been cancelled. This was announced in June 2011 on the Asakusa Samba Carnival’s official Web site. It was 30 years ago when this Carnival was started. The 31st Asakusa Samba Carnival would have been held this year, but now it has been postponed till next summer.
The reason is due to the tsunami/earthquake in Tohoku that caused the annual Sumida Fireworks to be postponed to Aug. 27, 2011. So people going to see Samba can see the fireworks instead, but beware of huge crowds.