Broadway Square and Fargo Meets Japan are teaming up to bring a day of Japanese culture to the community. Local businesses, organizations and community members are coming together to provide an afternoon of Japanese arts, athletics, culture and food. The program is free and open to the public.
Schedule of Performances
1:00 – 1:40 – Welcome and Origami & Calligraphy demonstrations
1:40 – 2:20 – Karate demonstration
2:20 – 3:00 – Hana Chozu arrangement demonstartion
3:00 – 3:20 – J Pop music
3:20 – 4:00 – Iaido (swordsmanship) demonstration
4:00 – 4:20 – Soran Bushi dancing
4:20 – 5:00 – Japanese toy exhibition (open to the crowd)
In addition to these and other demonstrations on the main stage, visitors can try their hand at traditional Japanese arts, crafts and games at tables around Broadway Square. Japanese food will be available from Sushi Burrito, a proud sponsor of the event. Local Japanese organizations will also be in attendance, providing information and otherwise strengthening understanding and relationships between North Dakota and Japan.
Fargo Meets Japan started as a Facebook group three years ago by Minami and Conrad Klinkhammer. Originally, the group focused on free Japanese language learning for interested community members. Over time classes shifted to include music, media, games and much more. Today Fargo Meets Japan hosts a range of events, classes and experiences to help Fargo-Moorhead residents connect with the local Japanese community. The organization also supports local Japanese-Americans, helping them celebrate and explore their heritage.