Indiana State Fair: "Bridges to Japan" Exhibition

August 6 - 22, 2010


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Judo demonstrations will be given by Mudokwan Judo of Indianapolis and the Ball State University Judo Club of Muncie.

Mudokwan is led by Young Park Sensei, who has been instructing a range of individuals from youth to senior in the Japanese martial arts of Judo, Kendo, Iaido and Jujitsu in Indianapolis since 1967.

Ball State University Judo Club’s purpose is to promote and practice the sport of judo and is open to Ball State University students, faculty and staff.

The "Gentle Way" of martial artistry is Judo. Both a martial art and combat sport, it originated in Japan in the late 1800s. It is marked by its prominent display during competition of either the throwing of one competitor by another to the ground, the immobilization of one opponent by another, or the submitting of one opponent to another. This is typically accomplished by a series of grapples, throws, pins, locks, chokes, or strangleholds. Competitive forms do not include any form or weapons use or striking. It is considered the father of all Japanese martial arts currently expressed today. This is because of the teaching structures and the philosophy behind the training. The entire world has been affected in one form or another by the popular spread of this martial art.

“Bridges to Japan” at the Indiana State Fair: Performance Times
Saturday, August 14 (Mudokwan): 2:00 pm (Main Stage), 3:00 pm, 4:30 pm
Wednesday, August 18 (BSU Judo Club): 1:30 pm, 4:00 pm, 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)