Indiana State Fair: "Bridges to Japan" Exhibition

August 6 - 22, 2010

10tecomai (High Energy Dance Fusion)

photograph © Zach Dobson

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10tecomai, a dance group from New York City, performs a high-energy fusion of both new and traditional Japanese dance.  Their dance style is called “Yosakoi Dance” and is defined by the use of naruko: small wooden clappers that are held in the hands of each dancer. Naruko were originally used in Kōchi Prefecture to scare birds away from the rice fields. Since it started in Koichi Prefecture in 1954, Yosakoi Dance has risen in popularity, and festivals are now held all over Japan.

“Bridges to Japan” at the Indiana State Fair: Performance Times
Saturday, August 14: 11:30 am, 1:30 pm, 3:00 pm (Main Stage), 6:30 pm
Sunday, August 15: 11:00 am (Main Stage), 1:30 pm, 3:30 pm, 7:00 pm
Monday, August 16: 12:00 pm, 3:00 pm, 5:00 pm, 7:00 pm


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Please use the links below to find descriptions and photos of the many activities that will be taking place at the "Bridges to Japan" Exhibition.

Description of All Activities

Bon-Odori Dance Festival

Bunraku Bay Puppet Theatre (Japanese Puppet Theatre)

Buyo (Japanese Classical Dance)

Cosplay Fashion Show (Open to Public)

Fort Wayne Taiko (Japanese Drum Group from Fort Wayne, Indiana)

Fukube (Gourd Painting) Craft

Ikebana (Flower Arrangement)

Indiana Okinawa Kenjinkai

Japanese Candyman Entertainer - Masaji Terasawa

Japanese Sweets Tasting & Demonstration



Kendo (Japanese Sword-Fighting)

Koto (Japanese musical instrument)

Kyudo (Japanese Archery)

Minyo (Japanese Folk Dance & Song)

Naginata (Japanese Warrior Halbert)

Peelander-Z (Japanese Action Comic Band)

Robots from Japan

Shamisen (Japanese musical instrument)

Sister City Celebration Week

Sumo Wrestling

TAIKOPROJECT (Japanese Drum Group from Los Angeles, California)

Tea Ceremony

10tecomai (High-energy Dance Fusion)