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Chicago Japanese Matsuri aka Summer Festival!


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Come join us at the Chicago Japanese Matsuri hosted by Kizuki Ramen & Izakaya and Japanese Culture Center - 日本文化会館

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!

The festival will take place in the NewCity plaza located in the heart of Lincoln Park on Saturday, June 23, 2018 from 11:30 AM – 05:30 PM.

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!

Where is the festival located?

The Chicago Japanese Matsuri takes place in the NEWCITY between N Halsted ave and N Clybourn ave with the main entrances on the N Clybourn ave. The matsuri is conveniently located just off the North/Clybourn CTA Red line and #20 and #40 buses. The Newcity plaza also has an indoor parking garage attached to it.

For vendor and sponsorship application:

Do you want to grow your business among the Asian population in Chicago? We are projecting to have the biggest Asian population gathering among all of the events in Chicago. This is the perfect opportunity for you and your business to connect with them!

Please contact
Saira Chambers @
or Kevin Yu @

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!

You Get:
- Free Admission
- A lunch box
- A event T-Shirt
- A chance to network with the Asian community

Use the link below to apply the volunteer application and if you have additional questions, please contact Saira Chambers at schambers@japaneseculturecenter.com