Indiana State Fair: "Bridges to Japan" Exhibition

August 6 - 22, 2010

Koto (Japanese Musical Instrument)

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The koto, the national instrument of Japan, is a traditional Japanese stringed musical instrument. Koto are about 180 centimeters (71 inches) in width, and made from kiri wood with 13 strings that are strung over 13 movable bridges along the width of the instrument. Players can adjust the string pitches by moving these bridges before playing, and use three finger picks (on the thumb, index finger, and middle finger) to pluck the strings. 

Indiana residents Akiko Miwa, Chiharu Yarling, and Garret Uyeno will perform at the “Bridges to Japan” Exhibition

“Bridges to Japan” at the Indiana State Fair: Performance Times
Saturday, August 7: 10:30 pm, 1:30 pm (Miwa & Yarling)
Tuesday, August 10: 2:30 pm, 4:30 pm, 6:30 pm (Uyeno)
Friday, August 13: 2:30 pm, 4:30 pm (Miwa & Yarling)
Saturday, August 14: 12:00 pm, 2:30 pm (Miwa & Yarling)
Monday, August 16: 11:00 am (Main Stage), 1:00 pm (Uyeno)
Monday, August 16: 3:30 pm, 4:30 pm (Miwa & Yarling)
Tuesday, August 17: 12:00 pm, 2:00 pm, 4:00 pm (Uyeno)
Wednesday, August 18: 3:00 pm, 4:30 pm (Miwa & Yarling)
Thursday, August 19: 3:00 pm, 4:00 pm, 6:30 pm (Uyeno)
Saturday, August 21: 11:30 am, 1:00 pm (Miwa & Yarling)



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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)