Japanese Matsuri Held on Chicago’s Northside
• Chicago Japanese
Matsuri was held for the first time on September 29 and 30 at NEWCITY
Lincoln Park. The event was organized by Kizuki Ramen & Izakaya and
Japanese Culture Center.
• A variety of Japanese food was served by Kizuki restaurant, and the visitors moved one food booth to another to enjoy hiyashi chukka (cold Chinese noodles), gyudon (beef rice bowl), chicken karaage, potato croquette, takoyaki, agedashi tofu, gyoza, to name a few. Japanese tea, beer, and sake were also served.
• There were also cultural booths exhibited by Anime Central, Lolita Fashion Group, a travel agency, Chicago-Osaka Sister City, Consulate General of Japan, Japanese American Service Committee, and others.
• Tabone of Chicago said, “I was just on an internet, just looking at
what was happening by the end of year. I saw the Chicago Matsuri and decided
to bring my friend, James. I found it really interesting to go. I love
• Brian Pitt of Chicago lived in Japan for three years and taught English
• Christy from Chicago studied Japanese when she was in college and said,
“I found this event and wanted to reconnect to living in Japan for a while.”
• Brian Masionis spoke fluent Japanese and answered all the Shimpo’s
questions in Japanese. He also has kanji characters for his name.
• Allen Castillo and his friends exhibited their cars decorated with
First Chicago Japanese Matsuri held in Chicago's Northside
Performance of the Tsukasa Taiko
Large scale calligraphy performed by Hekiun Oda
Japanese kimono dresses sold by Ohio Kimono