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The 55th Annual Ginza Festival this Weekend in Old Town

By L. Stolpman in Miscellaneous on Aug 10, 2010 3:20PM

2010_08_Ginza.jpg The second weekend in August means it is time for the Annual Ginza Festival.

This Japanese cultural festival takes place in Old Town and will feature craftsmen skilled at calligraphy, brush painting, paper dolls, flower arranging, jewelry and more. Exhibits and booths will showcase various Japanese items include dry goods, snacks, kimonos and origami folding.

You can watch stage performances of taiko drumming, classical dance, or martial arts. There will be both Judo and Karate demonstrations, as well (including Kendo!). On Saturday evening, stay to listen to Yoko Noge whose music has been described as a combination of Japanese folk music and Chicago blues.

And don't forget the abundance of Japanese cuisine that will be available. Grill chicken teriyaki, udon, sushi,... it isn't to be missed.

The Ginza festival can be enjoyed during these hours: Friday, Aug 13, 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM; Saturday, Aug 14, 11:30 AM-9:30 PM; Sunday, Aug 15, 11:30 AM - 6:00 PM.

The festival takes place at the Midwest Buddhist Temple, 435 West Menomonee Street. Cost is a $5 donation for adults, $4 for students or senior citizens. Children under 12 are admitted free when accompanied by an adult.

Photo by pantagrapher.