The 59th Annual Ginza Festival
Information is subject to change as we near Ginza.
In Historic Old Town Chicago
August 8th, 9th, 10th 2014
(always the second weekend in August)
Friday, August 8th, 2014, 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday, August 9th, 2014, 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Sunday, August 10th, 2014, 11:30 am – 6:00 pm
© 2012 Tim Dagoberg, Music "Accustom" by Agatsuma
The 59th Annual Ginza Holiday, a large Japanese cultural festival, will be presented by the Midwest Buddhist Temple on August 8th, 9th, and 10th at 435 W. Menomonee Street in Chicago’s historic Old Town.
The Waza is a federation of Japanese artisans dedicated to the continuation of traditional crafts from the Edo period over 300 years ago. Using techniques passed from generation to generation, these master craftsmen create unique, handmade items that embody simple beauty through meticulous craftsmanship. Each item is carefully made through processes developed and refined over the centuries. And yet, every item has a timeless quality that is comforting in today's busy world. You'll find simple, affordable pieces that are made with the same care and precision as those that are more complex. Collectors have the unique opportunity to buy pieces that typically are available only through private shops or the best department stores in Japan, at special discounted prices for our Ginza shoppers.
While the Waza travel the world to share their crafts, Chicago is one of their very rare appearances in the United States. A primary goal of the Waza is to strengthen the understanding between people of different cultures and they welcome the chance to meet you and answer your questions. Please stop by their outdoor booths where they will be displaying and demonstrating their unique crafts throughout the day.
Featured in the festival will be ongoing stage performances with the entertaining taiko drumming by Hoetsu Taiko Group and the Midwest Buddhist Temple Taiko group, the Midwest Buddhist Temple Minyo Troupe, Fujima Ryu of Chicago, a Japanese Classical dance troupe, martial arts demonstrations, and the Na Kupuna Ukulele group.
Self defense tactics will be demonstrated by Aikido and Judo schools, while Kendo (Japanese fencing) will entertain the crowd.
Inside the temple, the exhibit hall will be filled with demonstrations and exhibits of bonsai, ikebana (flower arranging), calligraphy, brush painting, Samurai swords, and Japanese arts and crafts. Many of the products will be offered for sale.
In addition to the live performances, an abundance of traditional Japanese cuisine will be offered, including the famous open pit, charcoal grilled chicken teriyaki dinner, udon (Japanese cold noodles), sushi, edamame and grilled corn on the cob. For dessert try the kintoki (Japanese snow cone topped with sweet azuki beans). Premium Japanese beer, Sapporo, will also be available for purchase.
The chapel will be open for guests who are interested in observing the place of worship and learning the basics of Buddhism. During stage intermissions, Reverend Ron Miyamura, Midwest Buddhist Temple minister, will deliver short dharma talks.
RETURNING THIS YEAR
Ginza expands into Saturday evening with Yoko Noge's Japanesque Band. Yoko’s music can be described as a combination of Japanese ''Minyo'' folk music with “Chicago blues.” Performed with electric piano, shamisen, horn section, taiko and Yoko’s sweet and growly blues vocals, the Japanesque Band will warm the August night at their return appearance at Ginza. 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.
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.
The hours are: Friday, August 8, 5:30 pm-9:00pm; Saturday, August 9, 11:30 am-9:30 pm; Sunday, August 10, 11:30 am – 6:00 pm.
For information, call 312-943-7801