Midwest Buddhist Temple
435 W. Menomonee
Chicago, Illinois 60614
(312) 943 7801





Join us at our Ginza Holiday Festival August 7th, 8th and 9th, 2015 

2015 will mark the 60th year of our annual food and cultural festival!

The following is preliminary information - entertainers and exhibitors are subject to change. While our full feature Ginza website is under development please keep visiting this page for updates on Ginza Holiday Festival 2015!

Daily Schedule

  • Friday August 7         Gates open at 5:30 pm – close at 9:00 pm
  • Saturday August 8     Gates open at 11:30 am – close at 9:00 pm
  • Sunday August 9       Gates open at 11:30 am – close at 6:00 pm


  • Classical Japanese Dance - Fujima Ryu of Chicago
  • Minyo Japanese Folk Dance - MBT Minyo Group
  • Taiko (drumming) - MBT Taiko / Ho Etsu Taiko
  • Martial Arts demonstrations:
    • Judo
    • Kendo
    • Aikido
  • Ukulele Performance - The Na Kupuna Ukulele group
  • Saturday Evening Jazz - Yoko Noge and her band, Japanesque

Cultural Displays

  • Bonsai (miniature trees)
  • Ikebana (flower arrangement)
  • Calligraphy
  • Katana (Samurai swords)


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 artisans are here to share traditional Japanese culture. While the Waza travel throughout the world, Ginza Holiday at the Midwest Buddhist Temple is one of their few appearances in the United States. This year we are very pleased to welcome the return of the following artisans: 

  • Eiji Kinoshita (pottery)
  • Masahiro Kawakami (tenugui - decorative towels)
  • Meisho Yamasaki (dolls)
  • Yoko Kamada (shiatsu massage)

Shopping (some past vendors)

  • Ceramics
  • Jewelry
  • Clothing
  • Japanese snacks
  • Tshirts
  • Waza: Most Waza artwork can be purchased by Ginza visitors

Food and Beverage

  • Chicken Teriyaki
  • Sushi
  • Udon noodles
  • Corn on the cob
  • Edamame
  • Spam Musubi
  • Shaved Ice
  • Popcorn
  • Iced Tea/Lemonade/Soft drinks
  • Beer

Entrance Donation

A benefit donation of $7 for adults, and $6 for students and senior citizens will be collected at the gate. Children under 12 will be admitted free when accompanied by an adult. A special 3-day pass will be available for $15.  On Saturday evening, $12 will be charged after 7:00 for the Yoko Noge concert.

Our Temple is handicap accessible.