2015 will be our 60th Ginza Holiday
Join us on August 7th, 8th, and 9th
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.
Some 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 (Japanese fencing) will entertain the crowd.
Visit our Photos of Ginza page to view slide shows of some our stage performances.
Cultural Exhibits: 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.
Food: 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. See our Menu page for more details on each food item.
Our Temple and Legacy Garden: The Hondo (temple hall) will be open for guests who are interested in learning the basics of Buddhism. During stage intermissions, our minister will deliver brief talks about Shin Buddhism. Guests will also be welcome to tour our Legacy Garden.
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):