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63rd Annual Ginza Holiday Festival - Expired Event

Location 435 W. Menomonee St.
Chicago, IL 60614
August 10, 2018 - August 12, 2018 1
The 63rd Annual Ginza Holiday Festival, a large Japanese cultural festival, will be presented by the Midwest Buddhist Temple (MBT) on Aug. 10, 11 and 12 at 435 W. Menomonee Street in Chicago's historic Old Town.

Flown in from Tokyo for this event, four master craftspersons (Waza) will demonstrate their generations-old skills creating unique crafts. The public will have the opportunity to meet the Waza and purchase their crafts.

Several other exhibits and booths will be filled with textiles and other
products from Japan, snacks, t-shirts, kimonos, artwork and jewelry.

An abundance of traditional Japanese cuisine will be offered, including the famous grilled Chicken Teriyaki dinner, udon (Japanese cold noodles), sushi, Spam musubi, edamame, grilled Mirai Corn on the Cob and Hawaiian shave ice. For dessert, try the kintoki (Japanese snow cone topped with sweet azuki beans). Japanese beer will also be available.

Inside the temple, there will be exhibits of bonsai and ikebana (flower arranging). The chapel will be open for visitors who are interested in observing the place of worship and learning the basics of Buddhism. During stage intermissions, Rev. Ron Miyamura will deliver brief talks on Buddhism.

Benefit Donation: $5. Children under 12 will be admitted free when accompanied by an adult.

For more information, please visit us online at or contact The Midwest Buddhist Temple at 312-943-7801 or Joy Zavala, Ginza Publicity Chairperson, at
Contact nameLynne Matsumoto
Event Website
Show hoursFri., 5:30-9; Sat., 11:30-8:30; Sun., 11:30-4:30
Public Admission PriceBenefit donation $5; children under 12 free with adult
Year #63
EntertainmentFeatured at the festival will be ongoing stage performances with the energetic taiko drumming by Ho Etsu Taiko and MBT Taiko; the MBT Minyo Group and The Na Kupuna Ukulele group. Aikido and Judo schools will demonstrate self-defense tactics, while Kendo (Japanese fencing) will entertain the crowds as well. crowd.
ActivitiesEnjoy the food, exhibits, shopping and the stage show!
Art/Craft Space
no booths currently available

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Maps and Directions (from Google Maps)
Driving Directions
Due to a number of one-way and divided residential streets, you should follow these directions closely. Take either Lake Shore Drive or the Kennedy to the North Avenue exit. The neighborhood has zoned parking restricted to residents. Refer to the Parking page on this website for a list of parking lots.

From East off Lakeshore Drive Exit North Avenue. Go west down North Avenue to Hudson Avenue. Turn right (north) on Hudson. The Ginza Festival is in the Temple parking lot is at the end of Hudson Avenue.

From West off Kennedy Expressway Exit North Avenue. Go east down North Avenue to Sedgwick Street. Turn Left (north) up Sedgwick to Eugenie Street. Turn Left (west) on Eugenie Street. Proceed to Hudson Avenue. Turn Right (north) on Hudson Avenue. The Ginza Festival is in the Temple parking lot is at the end of Hudson Avenue.

Public Parking Garages (From nearest to farthest)
North/Wells - Piper's Alley Parking Garage (entrance on North)
Stockton/LaSalle - Chicago Historical Society Parking Facility (entrance on Stockton)
Webster/Lincoln - Lincoln Park Hospital Parking Garage (entrance on Webster)
2300 N. Lincoln - Children's Memorial Hospital Parking Garage (entrance on Lincoln)

Public Transportation
Major intersection is Sedgwick and Menomonee.
El and Subway Brown Line to Sedgwick El Station, exit North Ave. and Sedgwick, walk north on Sedgwick to Menomonee, left on Menomonee to the Temple entrance. Red Line to Fullerton El Station, transfer to Brown Line.
Buses (call 1-888-YourCTA) #22 Clark, #36 Broadway, #151 Sheridan, #172 North Ave, #11 Sedgwick (this is the closest bus stop at Sedgwick and Menomonee, one block east of the Temple).

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