About Ginza Holiday


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Benefit Donation: $5

    • Benefit Donation of $5 for individuals (adults, seniors, and students)
    • Learn how your support of Ginza benefits the Midwest Buddhist Temple (click here)
    • Children under 12 free when accompanied by an adult

What to experience at Ginza Holiday

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

  • Saturday August 10 – 11:30am – 8:00pm

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


  • Minyo Japanese Folk Dance – MBT Minyo Group

  • Taiko Drumming – MBT Taiko Group / Ho Etsu Taiko

  • Ukelele Performance – Na Kupuna Ukelele Group

  • Judo – Kokushikan Judo Academy

  • Kendo – Choyokan Kendo Dojo

  • Aikido – Midwest Aikido Federation

  • Koto Music – Koto’n with Flute from the Chicago Koto Group

more about our entertainers

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.

Information for 2019 Waza artisans will be posted in the future – below are images of 2018 participants

more about The Waza


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

see full menu

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

more about Bonsai & Ikebana

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

more about participating merchants