State Fair; Grand Hall. Was it bad karma to open this exhibition of things
Japanese on the 65th anniversary of Hiroshima? No, perfect timing. The
pavilion, which really does include a Japanese bridge, showcases the strength
of today's Japan-Indiana commercial and cultural connections. Marvel at
displays of the Japanese pop culture that has seduced America's youth. Boggle
at the number of Hoosier schools offering Japanese language and exchange
programs. See your name, written in Japanese! Pout over the Japan Railways
exhibit that rubs our noses in what REAL public transit looks like, then be
consoled by Paro-chan, the therapeutic baby seal robot. Chat with communication
robot Wakamaru, Japan's answer to C-3PO. Live entertainment ranges from
traditional Japanese performance and martial arts to "action comic band"
Peelander-Z. No pork tenderloin sandwiches here, but try the katsu (pork
cutlet) curry. Or the deep-fried sushi. Through Aug. 22; daily schedule at www.japanindiana.org.