Ginza Holiday Festival – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
EVENT: 59th Annual Ginza Holiday Festival, a Japanese cultural festival
LOCATION: Midwest Buddhist Temple, 435 West Menomonee Street,
Chicago, IL 60614
DATES: August 8-10, 2014
HOURS: Friday, Aug. 8, 5:30 PM – 9:00 PM; Saturday, Aug. 9, 11:30 AM – 9:00 PM;
Sunday, Aug. 10, 11:30 AM – 6:00 PM
The 59th Annual Ginza Holiday Festival, a large Japanese cultural festival, will be presented by the
Midwest Buddhist Temple (MBT) on Aug. 8, 9 and 10 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 Japanese textiles,
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 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 at the festival will be ongoing stage performances with the energetic taiko drumming by
Ho Etsu Taiko and MBT Taiko; the MBT Minyo Group; Fujima Ryu of Chicago, a Japanese Classical
dance troupe; and The Na Kupuna Ukulele group. Aikido and Judo schools will demonstrate self-defense
tactics, while Kendo (Japanese fencing) will entertain the crowd.
Inside the temple, the exhibit hall will be filled with demonstrations of bonsai, ikebana (flower arranging),
calligraphy, brush painting, jewelry, cards and Japanese arts and crafts. Many of the products will be
offered for sale.
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
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
short Dharma talks.
A benefit donation of $7 for adults, and $6 for students and senior citizens will be collected at the
gate. Children under 12 will be admitted free when accompanied by an adult. A special 3-day pass will be
available for $15. On Saturday evening, $12 will be charged after 7:00 for the Yoko Noge concert.
For more information, please visit us online at contact The Midwest Buddhist Temple at 312-943-7801 or Joy Zavala, Ginza Publicity Chairperson, at email@example.com.
Top 5 events to see at the Ginza Holiday Festival
taiko drummers, Yoko Noge, craftmen from Japan, martial arts and cultural displays
Address of Ginza Holiday Festival
435 W, Menomonee St.
Chicago, Illinois, 60091
Ginza Holiday Festival dates
8/8/2014 – 8/10/2014
Festival Genre: cultural festivals
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Sum up Ginza Holiday Festival in 5 words or less:
Japanese food, entertainment and displays.