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The Indianapolis Minyo Dancers, Inc. are led by Toshiko Buck. These dances come from all over Japan, and performances range from energetic to somber and slow. Props such as seashell clackers, fans, and cherry blossoms help to express the theme or…

Tamagusuku-ryu Ryubu is a slow, stately performance that is part of Okinawan classical dance. Mineko Grunow teaches a group of Okinawan Americans how to perform the dance, and creates some of the elaborate costumes that dancers typically wear.

Mineko Grunow tells TAI fieldworker Kate Schramm about a traditional Okinawan dance, eisa. Eisa is done with taiko drums and chanting. Mineko not only teaches eisa, she also creates costumes for the dance.

Dorothy Kittaka is a kamishibai storyteller- she uses colorful paper scenes in a miniature theatre stage to teach children about traditional Japanese folktales.

Dorothy Kittaka is a kamishibai storyteller- she uses colorful paper scenes in a miniature theatre stage to teach children about traditional Japanese folktales.

The Indiana Regional Origami Network (IRON) Folders tell fieldworker Kate Schramm why origami is becoming a popular past time in the Midwest.

Dean Houser and Jay Zimmerman talk about the practice and philosophy of "bujinkan," a form of ninjutsu that originated in Japan. Houser and Zimmerman practice bujinkan in the tradition of the school's founder, Masaaki Hatsumi. Their dojo, Zentai…

TAI fieldworker Kate Schramm interviews the YuYuKai group about the food they have prepared for an Okinawan New Year's Celebration. A range of dishes, from traditional suimono (boiled foods) with konbu (seaweed) to Bloomington's square donuts, are…

Mineko demonstrates a dance with a fan while others watch.

Hiroko's feet practice steps.