Indiana State Fair: "Bridges to Japan" Exhibition

August 6 - 22, 2010

Sister City Celebration Week

Indiana has a rich history of connections with Japan and now boasts 13 sister city relationships in addition to its sister state/prefecture relationship with Tochigi Prefecture of Japan.    Special guests from Shizuoka (sister of Shelbyville), Ota (Sister of Lafayette), and Kawachinagano (Sister of Carmel) Cities will offer cultural activities and performances at the “Bridges to Japan” Exhibition.

The representatives from Kawachinagano City, the sister city of Carmel, will lead origami (paper folding) activities for visitors.

The representatives from Shizuoka City, the sister city of Shelbyville, and the representatives from Ota City, the sister city of Lafayette, will perform high-energy yosakoi dances, which are a fusion of new and traditional Japanese dance. 

“Bridges to Japan” at the Indiana State Fair: Performance Times
Tuesday, August 17 & Wednesday, August 18: Kawachinagano & Carmel (1:00 pm to 8:00 pm)
Friday, August 20: Shizuoka City & Shelbyville (1:00 pm & 4:00 pm)
Saturday, August 21: Ota City & Lafayette (12:30 pm & 3:30 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)