Ginza Holiday presented by the Midwest Buddhist Temple in Chicago’s historic Old Town. 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.
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.
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.
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, Rev Ron Miyamura will deliver short Dharma talks.
A benefit donation of $6 for adults, and $5 for students and senior citizens will be collected at the gate. Children under 12 will be admitted free when accompanied by an adult. On Saturday evening, $10 will be charged after 7:00 for the Yoko Noge concert.
Midwest Buddhist Temple, 435 West Menomonee Street, Chicago, IL 60614
- Friday, Aug. 10, 5:30 PM – 9:00 PM
- Saturday, Aug. 11, 11:30 AM-9:30 PM
- Sunday, Aug. 12, 11:30 AM – 7:00 PM