Indiana State Fair: "Bridges to Japan" Exhibition

August 6 - 22, 2010

Cosplay Fashion Show
(Open to Audience Participation)

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“Bridges to Japan” will welcome individuals of all ages to dress up as their favorite family-friendly Japanese animation (anime) or comic character and join the show on the stage!  Participants will sign up beforehand and then walk across the stage as part of this “cosplay fashion show”.  The word “cosplay” was coined in Japan and is a contraction of the words “costume” and “play” describing how participants have fun by dressing up as their favorite characters (often from popular Japanese animated films or comics).  Participants will be judged by special guests Peelander-Z, the Japanese Action Comic Punk Band from NYC, who will perform on the stage immediately after the fashion show.

“Bridges to Japan” at the Indiana State Fair: Performance Times
Saturday, August 21, 6:30 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)