Ginza Holiday Today
(Editor’s Note: The features described in this section refer to our Ginza Holiday Festival “pre-pandemic”. Due to Covid-19 we had to cancel our festival in 2020 and 2021. In 2022 we are coming back with “Ginza Lite”, a scaled-down version of our Ginza Holiday. Our hope for 2023 and beyond is that we can restore these features and return to a full Ginza Holiday Festival.)
As part of our cultural showcase, we host exhibitors of Asian arts displaying their beautiful work in bonsai (miniature trees) and ikebana (flower arrangement).
In the late 1970s, we began a long association with the Waza, an organization of more than 100 Japanese artisans, each mastering a craft that has been handed down through their families for 300 years since Japan’s Edo period. Each year, various Waza craftsmen travel throughout the world to share their artistry and in August a small group of artisans participate in our Ginza Holiday Festival. Visitors are able to purchase samples of their unique art, which include beautiful hand-thrown pottery, delicately detailed Japanese dolls and silkscreened cloth towels often framed as works of art.
Our stage entertainment continues to feature minyo folk dance and martial-arts demonstrations. Since the mid-1970s, performances of taiko (Japanese drumming) have become one of the most popular attractions on our Ginza stage.
Although our famous chicken teriyaki is our most popular food item, over the years, we’ve added sushi, udon, teriyaki veggie burgers, corn on the cob and edamame to our menu.
In addition to the varied offerings of food, entertainment and exhibits, our resident minister opens the hondo (temple hall or chapel) and invites visitors to tour the temple and learn a little about Jodo Shinshu Buddhism. The Ginza Holiday Festival provides an opportunity to experience a different culture, connect with new acquaintances and to reconnect with old friends.