2011 Cherry Blossom Festival – 5/14 and 5/15/2011

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News release from the Cherry Blossom Festival:

5th Annual Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival
May 14th & 15th 2011

Presented by: Japanese American Association of Indiana, Fort Wayne Dance Collective, Fort Wayne Sister Cities International Inc., Allen County Public Library, IPFW -Japanese Saturday School

Sponsors (As of April 22 ): Howard & Betsy Chapman, Serenity Kitchen & Bath, TRIN Inc., Fort Wayne Metals Research Products Corp., Visit Fort Wayne, Petroleum Traders, Stucky Brothers Inc., CME Automotive, Ferguson Advertising, Gabriel Delobbe, Tokyo Seoul, Woo’s Oriental Grocery & Mart, FAME, Foundation for Art and Music in Education, Ikasucon, City of Fort Wayne, JapanInFortWayne.com, The Green Frog, Asahi Beer, Five Star Distributing, ES ARC, WBNI, WANE TV, INDIANASNEWSCENTER, Fort Wayne Bonsai Club, Goshin Budo.

When: Saturday, May 14, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. / Sunday, May 15, Noon to 6 p.m.

Where: Allen County Public Library, Main Branch (downtown)
900 Library Plaza, Fort Wayne IN (north of Parkview Field between Washington and Jefferson Blvd)

Cost: Most events free for the public
A Japan Disaster Relief table will accept public donations to be sent through the American Red Cross to provide disaster assistance to people in Japan

Saturday Evening, May 14, 2011

A Magical Evening of Japanese Music – ACPL Theatre 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Featuring World-renowned Yoko Reikano Kimura, koto – local Philharmonic artists: Hiromi Ito, violin, Hikaru Tamaki, cello; Akira Murotani, trumpet: and Bob Nance, piano. Also: Daniel Quinn guitar; Dorothy Kittaka. Soprano; Janice Furtner, soprano and members of the Fort Wayne Taiko.

Seating is limited. Cost: $15 /adult (with $5 going for Japanese Disaster Relief)/ Children 12 and under, $5. For ticket information, contact Michele Yamanaka at 424-5070.

a ASAHI Beer will be available for purchase from The Green Frog in the theatre lobby, starting at 6 p.m.

a Anime Films Showing: Meeting Rooms A,B,C. 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Cost; no charge. [Persons 12 years old and under MUST be accompanied by a responsible adult]

Opening Ceremony Sunday, May 15, 2011

Fort Wayne Taiko

12:15 p.m. Opening Ceremony

Fort Wayne Children’s Choir singing the Star Spangled Banner and the Japanese National Anthem, and Sakura, Cherry Blossom (in Japanese)

Mayor Tom Henry with the Official Welcome with the Proclamation from the City of Fort Wayne

Sayaka Ganz, leading the public in a traditional Bon-Odori dance

Featured Artists and Events at the Cherry Blossom Festival

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[li]Fort Wayne Taiko, from the Fort Wayne Dance Collective, Great Lakes Taiko and friends[/li]
[li]Minyo Japanese Folk Dancers, from Indianapolis[/li]
[li]Yoko Reikano Kimura Japanese Koto[/li]
[li]Hiromi Ito, Violin[/li]
[li]Hikaru Tamaki, Cello[/li]
[li]Akira Murotani, Trumpet[/li]
[li]Bob Nance, Piano[/li]
[li]Daniel Quinn, Guitar[/li]
[li]Dorothy Kittaka, Soprano and Japanese Storyteller, Kamishibai Storycard Theater[/li]
[li]Janice Furtner, Soprano[/li]
[li]Fort Wayne Children’s Choir, Treble and Lyric, conducted by Phyllis Boester[/li]
[li]Mrs. Shie Otani, Japanese Tea Ceremony[/li]
[li]Martial Arts, several groups demonstrating[/li]
[li]Mike Schmid and Janice Furtner, Origami demonstration and hands-on origami for all[/li]

Arts and Crafts of Japan Marketplace:

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[li]J. Toguri Mercantile from Chicago- Various Japanese items[/li]
[li]Hiroshi Kaneko – Handmade Japanese Kites and tops[/li]
[li]Hisako Kometani – Japanese Origami and Silk Thread mobiles[/li]
[li]Chikuen Kato -Japanese personalized calligraphy on special bookmarks[/li]
[li]Cherry Blossom Festival T-shirts-especially designed for the festival[/li]
[li]Cherry Blossom Festival notecards – especially designed for the festival[/li]

Anime Art! Draw a famous anime character or your own original character for prizes.
Can You Haiku? Students will submit work prior to festival and public may compose haiku at the festival for prizes.
CosPlay Competition! Students may wear costumes depicting their favorite anime character for prizes.

Toyko Seoul Restaurant, purchase authentic Japanese cuisine.
Woo’s Oriental Grocery & Mart , buy Japanese candies, drinks, ice cream, crackers etc.
Additional TBD

Bonsai Display and Demonstration by the Fort Wayne Bonsai Club
Origami Demonstration and Hands-on session, Mike Schmid, Art educator/artist and Janice Furtner, artist/musician
Japanese Kites and Toys handmade by Hiroshi Kaneko from Chicago
Japanese Children’s Games and Crafts by the IPFW Japanese Saturday School

Information: Please look at: JapanInFortWayne.com


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