Ginza 2024 (preliminary) Press Kit

July 26, 27, & 28

Midwest Buddhist Temple
435 W. Menomonee Street
Chicago, Ill 60614

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312 943 7801

About MBT’s Ginza Holiday

Our 66th Annual Ginza Holiday Festival, a Japanese cultural festival featuring handmade crafts, food, and entertainment, will be presented by the Midwest Buddhist Temple (MBT) on July 26, 27, & 28 at 435 W. Menomonee Street in Chicago’s historic Old Town. 

Note from MBT: the date (July 26, 27, & 28) is set however we have many other details to finalize so some of the following information is subject to change. Of course it would not be Ginza without The Waza artisans, Taiko Drumming and of course, our famous Chicken Teriyaki.

Once again MBT is honored to present the Waza, master artisans from Japan, creating handmade crafts originating over 300 years ago and passed down through generations. Ginza visitors will have the opportunity to meet the Waza and even purchase some of their crafts. In addition, Ginza hosts many local artisans who exhibit and sell items such as artwork, jewelry, textiles from Japan, kimonos, and t-shirts. 

An abundance of traditional Japanese cuisine will be offered, including MBT’s famous grilled Chicken Teriyaki dinner, udon (Japanese cold noodles), grilled Corn on the Cob and Hawaiian Shave ice. For dessert, try the kintoki (Japanese snow cone topped with sweet azuki beans). Japanese beer will also be available.

Throughout the event there will be ongoing stage performances featuring Taiko Drumming, Minyo Folk Dancing, demonstrations of Martial Arts, and more. 

The MBT chapel will be open for visitors who are interested in observing the place of worship and learning the basics of Shin Buddhism. During stage intermissions, our minister will deliver brief talks on Buddhism.

A Benefit Donation will be requested at entry.

Sample Ginza Photographs

Note: these images can only be used in promotion of MBT’s Ginza Holiday Festival.

Chicken Teriyaki

Photo by J Matsumoto

Kendo

Photo by N Lee

Taiko

Photo by G Nagata

Waza Ichimatsu Dolls

Photo by J Matsumoto

Minyo Folk Dance

Photo by D Sameshima

Ginza Stage

Photo by G Nagata

Taiko

Photo by G Nagata

Waza Ceramics

Photo by J Matsumoto