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Chicago Japanese Matsuri Summer Festival – September 29 & 30

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Chicago Japanese Matsuri 2018Note: This event was originally announced for June 23 and 24, and has been rescheduled for Sept. 29 and 30 due to “scheduling conflicts.”

Chicago Japanese Matsuri, a new summer festival touting itself as the largest outdoor Asian festival in Chicago, will make its debut June 23 and 24 Sept. 29 and Sept. 30 (11 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days) at the NEWCITY Plaza. The festival is being put together by the ramen establishment Kizuki Ramen & Izakaya and the Japanese Culture Center.

Admission is free. Food and drink tickets will be available for purchase at $2 per ticket, $20 for 12 tickets, or $40 for 25 tickets.

According to the event organizer, the food menu will include dishes such as:

Chicken Karaage on a Stick (Japanese fried chicken on a stick with spicy mayo sauce and seaweed powder)
Takoyaki on a Stick (Japanese octopus dumpling on a stick with seaweed powder)
Japanese mayo and Okonomiyaku sauce
Potato Croquette (Japanese fried potato cake)
Gyoza (Japanese potstickers)
Pork Chashu Don (slow cooked Japanese pork over rice)
Gyudon (slow cooked Japanese beef over rice)
Japanese Chicken Wings (Japanese-style chicken wings with honey lemon dressing or Tokyo buffalo sauce)
Hiyashi Chuka (Japanese-style chill noodle with sesame dressing)
Edamame (Japanese soy bean)
Spinach Gomae (Japanese-style chill spinach with sesame sauce)
Japanese Shaved Ice

Here’s the event lineup (subject to change):

SATURDAY, SEPT. 29
12 p.m. Japanese Consul-General Naoki Ito giving opening remarks
12:30 p.m. “Big Brush” Sumi-e (Japanese Ink Painting) Performance
1 p.m. Aikido Association of America Performance
2 p.m. Shamisen and traditional Japanese Dance Performance
3 p.m. Large format Japanese Calligraphy (Shodo) Performance
4 p.m. Taiko Drumming Performance

SUNDAY, SEPT. 30
12 p.m. Iaido (Japanese Swordsmanship) Demonstration
1 p.m. Aikido Association of America Performance
2 p.m. Shamisen and traditional Japanese Dance Performance
3 p.m. Large format Japanese Calligraphy (Shodo) Performance
3 p.m. Comedy act BATSU
4 p.m. Taiko Drumming Performance

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