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64th Annual Ginza Holiday Festival

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Location Chicago
Dates August 09, 2019 - August 11, 2019
Description: The 64th Annual Ginza Holiday Festival, a large Japanese cultural festival, will be presented by the Midwest Buddhist Temple (MBT) on Aug. 9, 10 and 11 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.
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Show hoursFri 5:30-9pm; Sat 11:30-8:30; Sun 11:30-4:30
Public Admission PriceBenefit Donation: $5. Children under 12 will be admitted free wh
Year #64
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, the Chicago Koto Group and the Na Kupuna Ukulele group. Aikido and Judo schools will demonstrate self-defense tactics, while Kendo (Japanese fencing) will entertain the crowd.
ActivitiesCultural Displays Two ancient Japanese art-forms are on display in a special cultural exhibit area located inside the temple on the lower level. Bonsai Bonsai Bonsai, by Mr. Shig Ito, is the art of shaping miniature trees to look as if they were just taken from a living forest. It is an art form requiring skill and patience as a single Bonsai can take many years to develop. Mr. Ito, one of our temple members, has been a Bonsai instructor for decades and each year he displays some of his most beautiful Bonsai. Ikebana Ikebana Ikebana, by Ikebana on Halsted – Ohara school of Ikebana Chicago Class, seeks to display flowers in a minimalist arrangement in order to capture the true essence of a flower's beauty. Each year students of Ikebana showcase examples of their works. The Midwest Buddhist Temple thanks the Misho School of Ikebana (Japanese flowering arranging) for their many years of exhibiting at the Ginza Holiday. Their late sensei, Chiye Tomihiro, inspired many to learn and perfect their beautiful art." Please note: Ikebana arrangements and Bonsai trees are for exhibit only and are not for sale. Shopping Consourse Shopping Consourse Shopping: For those who seek treasures to take home we have many local artisans who display and sell their works in our outdoor shopping concourse – rows of booths festively decorated with cho-chin lanterns. Shoppers can typically find hand-made jewelry, beautiful examples of Origami (the art of folded paper), ceramics for both function and display, Japanese clothing, Japanese snacks and much, much more. See our full list of participating merchants below. Also in the center of our shopping concourse you'll find The Waza, artisans from Japan demonstrating their crafts (many of which can be purchased). To learn more about these special artisans visit our page dedicated to The Waza.
Art/Craft Space
no booths available at this time
Maps and Directions (from Google Maps)
Driving Directions
If you have a smartphone we suggest you use your "navigation" app for directions – just plug in (or click) our address: 435 W. Menomonee, Chicago. If you prefer, below are written directions to the Temple.

From East off Lakeshore Drive: Exit at North Avenue. Go west down North Avenue to Hudson Avenue. Turn right (north) on Hudson. The Ginza Festival South Gate entrance is at the end of Hudson Avenue.
From West off Kennedy Expressway: Exit at 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 South Gate entrance at the end of Hudson Avenue.

Please note: the neighborhood has "zoned parking restrictions" which are posted on every street and monitored closely. Refer to the Parking section below for the location of a convenient parking lot.

Public Transportation
An alternative to driving is Public Tranportation. For transit planning purposes, our temple is near the intersection of Sedgwick and Menomonee.

'L' and Subway: Brown Line to Sedgwick 'L' Station, exit North Ave. and Sedgwick, walk north on Sedgwick to Menomonee, left on Menomonee to the Temple entrance. Red Line to Fullerton 'L' Station, transfer to Brown Line.
Buses: The following bus routes serve our location – #22 Clark, #36 Broadway, #151 Sheridan, #172 North Ave (call 1-888-YourCTA for more information on public transportation options)

For ended craft show, fairs and festivals, please go to our archive page.