Martial Arts of Ft. Wayne

“5th Annual Ft. Wayne Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival”

NEWS RELEASE   dated March 22, 2011

5th Annual  Japanese  Cherry Blossom Festival

May 14 & 15


Presented by: Japanese American Association of Indiana, Fort Wayne Dance Collective, Fort Wayne Sister Cities International Inc.,AllenCountyPublic Library, IPFW –JapaneseSaturdaySchool

Sponsors (as of March 22):  Howard & Betsy Chapman, TRIN. Inc., Fort Wayne Metals Research Products Corp., VisitFortWayne, Petroleum Traders, Stucky Brothers Inc., Ferguson Advertising, Gabriel Delobbe, Tokyo Seoul, Woo’s Oriental Grocery & Mart, FAME, Foundation for Art and Music in Education, Ikasucon, City of Fort Wayne

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


Where:  Allen County Public Library, Main Branch (downtown)


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 Special: A Magical Evening of Japanese Music – Library Auditorium 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

      Featuring  World-renowned Yoko Reikano Kimura (koto/shamisen), local Philharmonic artists Hiromi Ito (violin), Hikaru Tamaki (cello), Akira Murotani (trumpet), and Bob Nance (piano),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 Anime Films Showing:  Meeting Rooms A,B,C.   6:00 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 ofFort Wayne

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

Featured Artists and Events throughout the Festival


  • Fort Wayne Taiko, from the Fort Wayne Dance Collective
  • Kaiju Daiko, from Chicago
  • St. Louis Osuwa Taiko, from St. Louis  
  • Great Lakes Taiko, from Detroit

Minyo Japanese Folk Dancers, fromIndianapolis

Yoko Reikano Kimura  Japanese Koto & Shamisen

Hiromi Ito, Violin*

Hikaru Tamaki, Cello*

Akira Murotani, Trumpet*

Bob Nance, Piano*

Daniel Quinn, Guitar

Dorothy Kittaka, Soprano and Japanese Storyteller, Kamishibai Storycard Theater

Janice Furtner, Soprano

Fort Wayne Children’s Choir, Treble and Lyric, conducted by Phyllis Boester

Mrs. Shie Otani, Japanese Tea Ceremony

Martial Arts: Demo by Zentai Martial Arts!!!

Mike Schmid and Janice Furtner, Origami demonstration and hands-on origami for all

* Sat. evening only

Arts and Crafts of Japan Marketplace:

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



Anime! 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 theFort 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 theIPFWJapaneseSaturdaySchool

Information:   Please look at:

For more information contact: Michele Yamanaka    260-424-5070

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