- Friday 09/20 03:00 PM – 08:00 PM
- Saturday 09/21 11:00 AM – 08:00 PM
- Sunday 09/22 11:00 AM – 05:00 PM
There will be more space for more all things Japanese this year. Enjoy the kickoff of our annual Japanese summer festival in the heart of Chicago where you can experience authentic Japanese festival foods, cultural performances of Taiko drumming, Shodo/large scale calligraphy, Traditional Martial Arts, Sumi-e ink painting, Cosplay Contests and so much more! Interactive Japanese cultural booths will be throughout the festival featuring origami, games, arts, fashion, handwritten calligraphy requests, photo booths, and beyond!
NEWCITY is conveniently located next to the Red Line North/Clybourn stop with an attached parking garage. All of the festival foods will be prepared by chef Kevin Yu and his team from Kizuki Ramen & Izakaya which means true Japanese culinary authenticity and deliciousness! The festival foods will include Takoyaki, Chicken Karaage, Potato Croquette, Okonomiyaki and many classic authentic Japanese festival foods. It will be a wonderful culinary treat for you and your family to remember for a long time!
The festival arts and performances are lead by the Japanese Culture Center and will include performances of Taiko drumming (maybe shamisen as well TBA), Shurikenjutsu, Indigo Dyeing and Mokume Shibori, Karate, Sumi-e, Aikido, Iaido, Large Scale Shodo Calligraphy, Ikebana flower arrangement, and much more!
For vendor and sponsorship application:
Please contact Kevin Yu at Yu.Kevin@Kizuki.com
Do you want to grow your business among the Asian population in Chicago? We had more than 8,000 patrons attended the Kizuki Chicago Japanese Matsuri last year. This is the perfect opportunity for you and your business to connect with them!
For volunteer opportunities:
Are you passionate about Japanese arts and culture? We need your help to make the inaugural Chicago Japanese Matsuri a wonderful event for the city of Chicago!
We need volunteers to help with everything from setting up and tearing down the event, collecting donations at entry gates, running errands, and working at the family cultural booths. For those who are passionate with food, you can also apply to help out in the food booths!
– A event T-Shirt
– A chance to network with the Asian community