john tiong chunghoo

(Jan 21,1960 / NEW YORK)

Festival Haiku - Asakusa Samba Festival, Tokyo


Asakusa Samba Festival
the temple bell spices
up our steps

Asakusa Samba Festival
we dance too to
the temple chants

Asakusa Samba Festival
a flowery nakedness bursts
out of tight tokyo

Asakusa Samba Festival
the boy stares at the shadows
of the samba steps

Asakusa Samba Festival
the boy more interested
in the shadow dance

Asakusa Samba Festival
samba what a dance
for penguins

Asakusa Samba Festival
human penguins join the fun
with droopy forelimbs

Asakusa Samba Festival
helplessly manoevring their kimonos
old geishas

Asakusa Samba Festival
fanning the music
feathers of all colours

Submitted: Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Edited: Tuesday, September 04, 2012
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Drawing about half a million visitors each year, the Asakusa Samba Carnival is easily one of Tokyo's most awaited and celebrated events. It sees the collaboration of carnival performers from both Brazil and Tokyo in an amazing cross-cultural explosion of costume, dance, and noise.

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