60th Annual Ginza Holiday Festival
August 7, 8, & 9 2015
Watch our video to experience the excitement of Ginza!
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The Midwest Buddhist Temple is proud to present its 60th Annual Ginza Holiday Festival on August 7-9 which takes place on our temple grounds located at 435 W. Menomonee Street in Chicago. Ginza Holiday has been sharing Japanese food and culture for the past 60 years and has become a major neighborhood festival on Chicago's summer calendar. Be sure to visit our Ginza At a Glance page for details about this year's festival.
Key attractions at this year's Ginza Holiday:
The Waza represent a select group of over 100 artisans skilled in traditional crafts dating back to Japan's Edo Period, 300 years ago. These craftspersons are here to share a part of an old Japanese culture. They demonstrate their traditional handcrafted skills inherited over the generations. While the Waza travel throughout the world, Ginza Holiday is one of their few appearances in the U.S.Visit the Waza page for more information about these unique craftspersons.
Stage Performances: Featured performances in the festival will include taiko drumming by Ho Etsu Taiko and the MBT Taiko group, Japanese Folk dance by the MBT Minyo Troupe, Classical dance by Fujima Ryu of Chicago, and Hawaiian music by the Na Kupuna Ukulele group. Self defense tactics will be demonstrated by Aikido and Judo schools, while Kendo (an ancient form of Japanese fencing) will excite the crowd.
Visit our Photos of Ginza page to view slide shows of some our stage performances.
Cultural Exhibits: There will be beautiful exhibits of bonsai (miniature trees) and ikebana (traditional flower arranging) located in doors on the lower level of our Temple building. Other exhibits of crafts and artwork will be located outside in the main shopping and exhibit area of Ginza.
Food: In addition to the live performances, an abundance of traditional Japanese cuisine will be offered, including charcoal grilled chicken teriyaki dinner, teriyaki grilled veggi-burger dinner, udon (Japanese cold noodles), sushi, SPAM® Musubi, edamame and grilled corn on the cob. For dessert try the kintoki (snow cone topped with sweet azuki beans) or our Hawaiian Shave Ice. Japanese beer and sake will also be available for purchase. See our Menu page for more details on each food item.
Our Temple: The Hondo (chapel) will be open for guests who are interested in learning about Buddhism. During stage intermissions, our minister will deliver brief talks about Shin Buddhism and answer any questions that visitors may have.
Special Saturday Evening Jazz performance: Listening to Yoko Noge's 'Jazz Me Blues Band' guests will enjoy a fusion of Japanese folk music and contemporary "Chicago blues". Yoko will perform at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday evening. The admission fee to Ginza will be $12 starting at 7:00 PM on the night of the performance. For more information see our page highlighting Yoko Noge and her band.
Hours and Admission The hours are: Friday, August 7, 5:30 pm-9:00pm; Saturday, August 8, 11:30 am-9:30 pm; Sunday, August 9, 11:30 am – 6:00 pm.
A benefit donation of $7 for adults, and $6 for students and senior citizens will be collected at the gate on all other dates. A special three day pass will be available for $15. Children under 12 will be admitted free when accompanied by an adult.
(be sure to visit Ginza At a Glance for more details):