Indiana State Fair: "Bridges to Japan" Exhibition

August 6 - 22, 2010


(Japanese Musical Instrument)

The Shamisen, which means "three flavor strings", is a three-stringed musical instrument played with a pick called a bachi.  The shamisen is similar in length to a guitar, but its neck is much slimmer and without frets. Its drum-like rounded rectangular body, known as the , is taut front and back with skin in the manner of a banjo, and amplifies the sound of the strings. 

Local musician Garret Uyeno will be playing this traditional Japanese instrument throughout the fair.

“Bridges to Japan” at the Indiana State Fair: Performance Times
Tuesday, August 10: 2:30 pm, 4:30 pm, 6:30 pm
Monday, August 16: 11:00 am, 1:00 pm
Tuesday, August 17: 12:00 pm, 2:00 pm, 4:00 pm
Thursday, August 19: 3:00 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)