Indiana State Fair: "Bridges to Japan" Exhibition

August 6 - 22, 2010

Fort Wayne Taiko (Japanese Drum Group)

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Fort Wayne Taiko is an emerging group that has provided Northeast Indiana with taiko classes, workshops, lecture-demonstrations and performances since 2000. The purpose of Fort Wayne Taiko is to promote taiko drumming in the community, Indiana, and the region. They honor the tradition of taiko as they equally strive to integrate taiko with elements of modern dance and other art forms to create experimental, multimedia, multicultural performance art.

Taiko drums are traditional Japanese drums that are usually played with wooden sticks called bachi

“Bridges to Japan” at the Indiana State Fair: Performance Times
Saturday, August 21: 11:00AM, 1:30PM



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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)