Indiana State Fair: "Bridges to Japan" Exhibition

August 6 - 22, 2010

Tea Ceremony

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The Japanese Tea Ceremony is a cultural activity involving the ceremonial preparation and presentation of matcha, powdered green tea. The manner in which it is performed, or the art of its performance, is called temae.  Zen Buddhism was a primary influence in the development of the tea ceremony. 

Tea Ceremonies will be conducted by: Kimiko Gunji from the University of Illinois, Erin Nelson from Earlham College, and  Yoshiko Kendall and Fumiko Kishi-Chiuini from Muncie

“Bridges to Japan” at the Indiana State Fair: Performance Times
Sunday August  8: 1:00 pm, 3:30 pm, 6:30 pm (Gunji)
Monday August  9: 10:30 am, 12:30 pm, 3:00 pm (Gunji)
Thursday August 12: 12:30 pm, 2:00 pm, 4:00 pm (Nelson)
Sunday August 15: 12:30 pm, 2:30 pm (Kendall & Kishi-Chiuini)



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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)