Indiana State Fair: "Bridges to Japan" Exhibition

August 6 - 22, 2010

Bon-Odori Dance Festival

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The annual Bod-Odori Dance Festival that is held at Ocean World Restaurant in August will be moved to the “Bridges to Japan” Exhibition on the evening of Sunday, August 15.  The Minyo Club of Indianapolis will help lead the celebration.  Audience participation is encouraged. 

The Bon-Odori Dance is a traditional dance (also one of the most famous and common dances in Japan) done as part of the Obon Holiday in Japan.  The Obon holiday is a celebration to honor the spirits of one’s departed ancestors.  At this casual summer festival, Japanese often dress up in their summer yukata or jinbei (traditional clothes) and meet their friends and family, dance, listen to traditional music, and eat festival foods

“Bridges to Japan” at the Indiana State Fair: Performance Times
Dance: Sunday, August 15: 6:00 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)