The 58th Annual Ginza Festival will take place on August 9th through 11th in Chicago’s historic Old Town. This Japanese cultural event, presented by the Midwest Buddhist Temple, will feature live entertainment and stage performances from taiko drumming to kendo demonstrations. Master craftsmen (Waza) will be present showcasing their craft and skills. There will be exhibits and booths filled with Japanese dry goods, snacks, kimonos, and crafts.
Of course there will be lots of delicious Japanese food. On their menu, they have grilled chicken Teriyaki, udon noodles, sushi, edamame, grilled corn and more. For dessert, there’s the kintoki, the Japanese snow cone topped with sweet azuki beans. Variety of Japanese beer will be available too.
On Saturday evening at 8pm, there will be featured musical performance by Yoko Noge and her band, Japanesque. The performance uses the electric piano, shamisen, and horn section and the music can be described as a combination of Japanese “Minyo” folk music and “Chicago blues.”
Where: Midwest Buddhist Temple, 435 West Menomonee Street, Chicago, IL 60614
When: Friday, Aug. 9 (5:30p.m.-9:00p.m.), Saturday, Aug. 10 (11:30a.m.-9:00p.m.) and Sunday, Aug. 11 (11:30a.m.-7:00p.m.)
How: $6 for adults, $5 for students and senior citizens, and free for children under 12 when accompanied by an adult. ($10 on Saturday after 7:00pm for the Yoko Noge concert.)