Visitors to this year’s Indiana State Fair will be able to explore life outside the Hoosier state in a new exhibit — the International Pavilion. In its first year, the exhibit is focusing on Japan, which is one of the state’s largest trading partners. John Lajiness is the program director for the Japan America Society of Indiana. He says the exhibits on Japanese food, culture, and technology will highlight the relationship between the Asian country and the Hoosier state.
According to the Indiana Economic Development Corporation, Indiana has 14 sister cities in Japan. The state exports $465 million in agriculture to Japan each year. Indiana also supplies the country with hybrid engines and lithium ion automobile batteries. The International Pavilion exhibit includes origami demonstrations, flower arranging, and interactive robot presentations. The Indiana State Fair runs through August 22nd.
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