Indiana State Fair: "Bridges to Japan" Exhibition

August 6 - 22, 2010

Fukube (Gourd Painting) Craft

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Fukube (Gourd Painting) is a traditional Japanese craft of gourd painting.  Fukube masks are said to protect you from evil spirits!  To prepare the gourd to be painted, the artist will scrape out the seeds from the inside and then dry the outer skin.  Mr. Masanobu Ogawa, a Fukube artist from Tochigi Prefecture will demonstrate Fukube gourd art and give visitors the opportunity to paint their own gourd: family participation is encouraged!

“Bridges to Japan” at the Indiana State Fair: Performance Times
Friday August 6: 10:30 am, 12:30 pm, 3:30 pm, 6:00 pm
Saturday August 7: 12:30 pm, 3:30 pm, 4:30 pm, 6:30 pm
Sunday August 8: 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, 3:30pm, 6:00 pm
Monday August 9: 12:30 pm, 2:30 pm, 4:00 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)