Indiana State Fair: "Bridges to Japan" Exhibition

August 6 - 22, 2010


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Karate, which means “The way of the open hand”, is a martial art from what is now Okinawa, Japan. It was developed from indigenous fighting methods called Te and Chinese Kenpō.  Karate is a striking art using punching, kicking, knee and elbow strikes, and open-handed techniques such as knife-hands (karate chop). Grappling, locks, restraints, throws, and vital point strikes are taught in some styles.  In recent years, Karate has become very popular worldwide. 

Martial artists from Larry Davenport Karate (Anderson, Indiana) and Adamson Karate (Greater Indianapolis area) will visit and give demonstrations.

“Bridges to Japan” at the Indiana State Fair: Performance Times
Tuesday August 10: 11:00 am (Adamson Karate)
Monday August 16: 1:00 pm (Main Stage), 2:30 pm, 4:00 pm (Larry Davenport Karate)



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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)