Sushi Burrito presents: “Fargo Meets Japan”, a Japanese cultural event happening Sunday, July 31, at Fargo Broadway Square.
Local businesses 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 and runs from 1 to 5.
Schedule of Performances
1:00 – 1:40 – Welcome. Origami and calligraphy demonstration.
1:40 – 2:20 – Karate demonstration.
2:20 – 3:00 – Hana chozu arrangement.
3:00 – 3:20 – J Pop music.
3:20 – 4:00 – Iaido demonstration.
4:00 – 4:20 – Soran bushi dancing.
4:20 – 5:00 – Japanese toy exhibition (open to the crowd)
“Fargo Meets Japan” the group started three years ago on Facebook, created 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.
We are excited to offer live demonstrations of traditional Japanese crafts, dance and martial arts throughout the event including:
Origami folding with Minami Klinkhammer of Fargo Meets Japan.
Origami is the Japanese art of folding paper. Minami will demonstrate how to fold several common origami shapes from the stage. Afterwards, visitors will have a chance to try origami for themselves at the Fargo Meets Japan table during the rest of the event.
Calligraphy with Minami Klinkhammer. In addition to origami, Minami will be demonstrating Japanese calligraphy. Visitors will have a chance to have their name or a short phrase written in Japanese on a bookmark during the rest of the event.
Karate demonstration with Hidden Teachings Dojo. Karate is an important part of Japanese culture as it fosters a spirit of lifelong personal improvement which can be practiced at any age. Karate is not only about training self-defense; through rigorous training one develops a healthy mind and body which benefits every aspect of one’s life. True karate practitioners also dedicate themselves to building and supporting their communities. They strive to use their hands to help instead of hurt. Hidden Teachings will demonstrate traditional karate kata (patterns), weapons, and self-defense techniques and discuss some of the wisdom and history of this ancient martial art.
Japanese swordsmanship demonstration with Agassiz Dojo. Iaido is the art of drawing and cutting with a Japanese sword. In Iaido, a practitioner executes set forms, or kata, against one or multiple imaginary opponents. Each kata describes how a swordsman should respond to a specific situation, such as when you encounter a surprise attack from an opponent seated in front of you or an attack from multiple opponents as you are walking.
Japanese flower arranging with Aiko Hatano. Aiko will demonstrate the traditional Japanese flower art of hana chozu. This is a simple form of floating arrangement that is common at Japanese shrines and temples. It uses fresh, colorful flowers to inspire happiness, joy and healing.
Soran bushi dancing with the University of North Dakota Japanese Cultural Association (JCA). Soran bushi is a traditional Japanese sea shanty originating with fishermen in Hokkaido. The rhythmic tune and choreographed movements made the tune popular as part of parades and festivals across the country. The audience will recognize ocean waves, fisherman pulling rope and dragging in nets accompanied by a toe-tapping melody.
Japanese toy exhibition with Aiko Hatano. Audience members, young and old, can join Aiko on stage and play with traditional wooden toys including kendama (‘sword’ ball), koma (top), and daruma otoshi (wooden puzzle in five pieces). These toys remain popular with Japanese children and are fun for all ages. Prizes will be available for the winner of these games!
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.
NOTICE:All events are subject to change. Fargo Underground is not responsible for the events posted. The hosts reserve the right to make any changes whatsoever in the event owing to any unforeseen or unavoidable cause; or to cancel the event for any reason beyond their control without notice. Always confirm the event before attending.