About Ginza Holiday




a 3 day celebration of Japanese Culture
August 11-13, 2017
Midwest Buddhist Temple – Chicago

What to experience at Ginza Holiday

(this information may be subject to change)

Daily Schedule
  • Friday August 11 – 5:30pm – 9:00pm

  • Saturday August 12 – 11:30am – 8:30pm

  • Sunday August 13 – 11:30am – 4:30pm



Entertainment (subject to change)
  • Minyo Japanese Folk Dance – MBT Minyo Group

  • Taiko Drumming – MBT Taiko / Ho Etsu Taiko

  • Ukelele Performance – Na Kupuna Ukelele Group

  • Judo – Kokushikan Judo Academy

  • Kendo – Choyokan Kendo Dojo

  • Aikido – Oak Park Aikikai / Midwest Aikido Federation

  • Koto Performance – Chicago Koto Group

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The Waza represent a select group of over 100 artisans skilled in traditional crafts dating back to Japan’s Edo Period, 300 years ago. These artisans are here to share traditional Japanese culture. While the Waza travel throughout the world, Ginza Holiday at the Midwest Buddhist Temple is one of their few appearances in the United States. We will post this year’s Waza participants in the coming months – please check back. This past year, Ginza was honored to welcome the follow Waza master artisans:

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Many people come to Ginza just for the food and stay for the entertainment and culture. Here are some of our menu items.

  • Chicken Teriyaki
  • Sushi
  • Udon noodles
  • Corn on the cob
  • Edamame
  • Kintoki
  • Spam Musubi
  • Hawaiian Shave Ice
  • Popcorn
  • Iced Tea/Lemonade/Soft drinks
  • Beer

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Cultural Displays
  • Bonsai – miniature trees
  • Ikebana – flower arrangement

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Tour Our Chapel

Ginza visitors are welcome to tour our Temple’s beautiful Hondo (temple hall or chapel). During intermissions in the stage program our resident minister, Rev. Miyamura, will give a brief talk about our Hondo and Shin Buddhism.


Our shopping concourse, located outside near the South Gate, has local artisans displaying their crafts. Here are some of the arts and crafts you’ll find along our shopping concourse. Click learn more to see a full list of participating Artisans and Merchants.

  • Ceramics
  • Origami – crafts made of folded paper
  • Jewelry
  • Japanese clothing
  • Small gifts and collectibles
  • Tshirts
  • Japanese Snacks

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