The Asakusa Samba Festival (Aug. 25) is no doubt the best-known manifestation of Brazilian culture in Tokyo, but if you’re looking for a more intimate glimpse of Brazilian dance, music and martial arts, then check out the Capoeira Zoador party this Sunday. Held at Sabbath Tokyo in Harajuku, this mini-carnival will offer not only some slinky samba dancers and Brazilian DJ Edison Mineki Tanji, but a chance to catch some of the best Capoeira you’ll find in Japan.

For those who haven’t seen it before, Capoeira is unique among martial arts in its intense connection with music and dance. Devised by escaped African slaves but outlawed in Brazil until the 1920s, the practice was disguised through the use of music and dance. Nowadays, they are inseparable: Capoeira is performed with grace and acrobatic flexibility to the rhythms of the berimbau and pandeiro. But never forget that all the moves are based on combat, full of speed and power, beautiful but deadly.

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