August 8, 9 and 10, 2014
Midwest Buddhist Temple's annual celebration of Japanese crafts and
culture, the Ginza Holiday is an annual three-day event held the second
weekend of August. The Ginza Holiday showcases the cultural heritage of
those who founded the temple and allows members to share this with the
public through demonstrations of traditional Japanese art forms,
crafts, cuisine and performances.
- One highlight of this festival is The Waza, a group of "living treasure" craftsmen
who visit from Japan in order to demonstrate their skills and share their creations.
- Dharma talks are presented regularly during Ginza by a resident minister,
and tours of the temple are held.
- A raffle, which benefits temple programs and operation, is held each year;
tickets are available from MBT members, at the temple office, or at the event.
Midwest Buddhist Temple held its first Ginza Holiday in 1956 at its
former site several blocks east of the current temple. The festival
took its name from The Ginza, a busy and colorful shopping center and
the most famous district in Tokyo.
But 300 years
ago, the area was famous for duck hunting, as it was originally a vast
swampland. Tokugawa Ieyasu ordered the reclamation of the area in 1603
and gave the work to several feudal lords, thus the lots were named for
them - such as Owari-cho, Yamashiro-cho, Kaga-cho and other streets.
name Ginza dates to 1612 when Ginza, or the official silver mint, was
opened there. Later, in 1873, the construction of two-story brick
houses and brick sidewalks gave birth to The Ginza we know in Tokyo
Obon Festival – Saturday, July 12, 2014
2014 Practice dates
To be announced
The public is invited to participate in the temple's Obon Festival, an
outdoor Japanese folk dancing festival. It is held each year on the
second Saturday in July and is followed by the religious observance of
Obon on Sunday, when loved ones who have passed away are remembered.
The dancing takes place in the temple parking lot
under Japanese lanterns, with dancers encircling a yagura, or tower,
which is seen as an expression of joy in the Buddhist teachings. With a
taiko drum placed atop the yagura, the Special events sound of drumming
and Japanese folk music fill the night air as dancers, many wearing
kimono or cotton yukata, join in the simple folk dances.
The Obon is one of the most widely celebrated and colorful of the Buddhist observances, dating back some 15 hundred years.
origin is linked to the Ullambana sutra which is related to the story
of Maudgalyayana, one of the great disciples of the Buddha. In this
story, Maudgalyayana sees his departed mother suffering in the fiery
domain of the Hungry Devils, a domain where hunger and thirst know no
bounds. Everything that is touched immediately bursts into flames.
Grieving at what he sees, he attempts to relieve her suffering, but his
attempts are futile. In desperation, he goes to the Buddha and the All
Compassionate One shows him the way. Following the path shown him, he
finally succeeds and his mother's suffering is relieved. He is
overjoyed. He and his friends rejoice, expressing their joy and
gratitude with music and dancing.
The Obon is symbolic of that occasion. It is a free event, with beverages available for sale.
December 12, 2014
to 12:30 pm
December 13, 2014
8:30 am to 1 pm
Mochi-tsuki video from 2012
|Each year in late December, members of
Midwest Buddhist Temple and friends gather to
pound sweet rice to make mochi, or sweet rice
cakes, in the traditional Japanese manner. They
mallets and time-honored methods
of creating mochi for the New Year. Sponsored
by the Adult Sangha, the Mochi-Tsuki prepares
hundreds of pounds of rice to make mochi,
which are then offered for sale for eating and for
traditional New Year's offerings. For times and
information, call the temple at 312-943-7801.