58th Annual Ginza Holiday 2013 festival

58th Annual Ginza Holiday 2013 festival is a Japanese cultural festival held in what could be one of the best festivals in all of  Chicago Illinois August 9 – 11 and highlight Japanese culture to the western world.


Ginza 2013 festival Chicago Illinois
Ginza 2013 festival Chicago Illinois

Where the Japanese festival is held this year:

58th Annual Ginza Holiday 2013 festival
Midwest Buddhist Temple
435 West Menomonee Street
Chicago, Illinois 60614


Ginza Holiday 2013 festival dates:  August 9-11, 2013


Times of the Ginza festival events:

  • Friday, August 9, 5:30 PM – 9:00 PM
  • Saturday, August 10, 11:30 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Sunday, August 11, 11:30 AM – 7:00 PM


The 58th Annual Ginza Holiday 2013 festival, an enormous 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 famous historic Old Town.



Flown in from Tokyo for this event, four master craftsmen (Waza) will demonstrate their skill, which date back generations, in 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 Japanese dry goods, kimonos, snacks and jewelry.


Ginza Japanese fest
Ginza Japanese fest doll exhibit

An abundance of traditional Japanese cuisine will be offered, including the famous 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). Japanese beer will also be available.


Featured in the festival will be ongoing stage performances with the energetic taiko drumming by Ho Etsu Taiko, Twin Cities Kogen Taiko Group and MBT Taiko, the MBT Minyo Troupe, Fujima Shunojo Classical Dance Troupe, martial arts demonstrations, and The Na Kupuna Ukulele group. Aikido and Judo schools will demonstrate self-defense tactics, while Kendo (Japanese fencing) will entertain the crowd.


Ginza female dance event
Ginza female dance event

Ginza expands into Saturday evening with Yoko Noge and her band, Japanesque. Yoko’s music can be described as a combination of Japanese ”Minyo” folk music with “Chicago blues.”


Performed with an electric piano, shamisen, horn section, and Yoko’s sweet and growly blues vocals, she will warm the August night with her appearance at Ginza at 8 p.m. on Saturday evening.




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