Ginza Holiday

Sunday, August 11

the Midwest Buddhist Temple
435 W. Menomonee Street in Chicago’s historic Old Town.


The 58th Annual Ginza Holiday, a large Japanese cultural festival, will be presented by the Midwest Buddhist Temple on August 9th, 10th, and 11th 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 Twin Cities Kogen Taiko Group, Hoetsu Taiko Group and the Midwest Buddhist Temple Taiko group, the Midwest Buddhist Temple Minyo Troupe, Fujima Shunojo 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), kaminingyo (paper dolls), calligraphy, brush painting, silk flowers, 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.

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