Chicago's Ginza Holiday 2013: A Taste of Japanese Cuisine and Culture

Chicago's Ginza Holiday 2013: A Taste of Japanese Cuisine and Culture
Energetic taiko drumming from Ho Etsu Taiko at Ginza Holiday

One of Chicago’s oldest festivals, Ginza Holiday, will be bringing the food, arts, crafts, traditions and culture of Japan to Chicago’s historic Old Town area Friday, August 9 through Sunday, August 11.

This is the 58th year for the large Japanese cultural festival that will be held at the Midwest Buddist Temple (MBT) at 435 W. Menomonee Street. The festival features an abundance of traditional Japanese cuisine including the always popular grilled Chicken Teriyaki dinner, udon (Japanese cold noodles), sushi, edamame and Japanese beer.

Woman dancer in traditional Japanese dress

Woman dancer in traditional Japanese dress

Ongoing live stage entertainment will feature taiko drumming by Ho Etsu Taiko, Twin Cities Kogen Taiko Group and MBT Taiko, the MBT Minyo Troupe, Fujima Shunofo Classical Dance Troupe, Martial arts demonstrations, and the Na Kupuna Ukulele group.

Self defense demonstrations by the Akido and Judo schools will arm visitors with self defense tactics, while Kendo (Japanese fencing) will entertain the crowd.

Saturday evening features an 8 p.m. performance by Yoko Noge and her band, Japanesque. Yoko’s music can be described as a combination of Japanese “Minyo” folk music with a taste of “Chicago blues. Yoko’s sweet and growly blues vocals are accompanied by an electric piano, shamisen, and horn selection. A $10 fee will be charged after 7 p.m. for the Yoko Noge concert.

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 wil be collected at the gate. Children under 12 will be admitted free when accompanied by an adult.

For other upcoming festivals click here.

Subscribe to Show Me Chicago by email

If you would like to keep in touch with what’s happening in Chicago, like us on Facebook or subscribe to Show Me Chicago by email. To subscribe, type your email address in the box below and click the “create subscription” button. Our list is completely spam free, and you can opt out at any time.

Leave a comment

  • Advertisement:
  • Advertisement:
  • ChicagoNow is full of win

    Welcome to ChicagoNow.

    Meet our bloggers,
    post comments, or
    pitch your blog idea.

  • Meet The Blogger

    Carole Kuhrt Brewer

    Arts, entertainment and dining journalist..

  • Follow me on Twitter.

  • Recent posts

  • Categories

  • Advertisement: