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Epcot – World Showcase – Japan

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There are 11 countries in the World Showcase, Japan is the 7th if you are going clockwise around the lagoon.

Viewed from the lagoon, the bright red torii gate stands welcoming visitors to the Japanese pavilion but what is probably more noticeable is the blue roofed five storey roofed pagoda Goju-no-to which was inspired by an ancient Japanese shrine. The original shrine was built by the Buddhists to represent the five elements from which they believe all things are created.

There is a courtyard where on the right stands a classic example of Japanese architecture, the Shishinden and on the left an entry castle made from wood and stone called the Nijo, with mounted Samurai warriors in the courtyard.

The Japanese garden is a really tranquil area and it’s lovely to wander through admiring its beauty. The Japanese believe that every object and plant should be placed very deliberately as the placement has meaning.

Matsuriza, Japanese taiko drumming, is performed several times a day, check the park guide map for exact times.

At the "Teppanyaki Dining Room", guests are seated at a black lacquered counter around a large grill where chefs chop, prepare and cook your meal with amazing skill and speed, it provides a fascinating means of entertainment and really enhances your dining experience. Lobster, shrimp, scallops and beef are chopped and sautéed with fresh vegetables, this is a great place for a late lunch. You can also try Plum Wine, Samurai and Sake

The "Yakitori House" is a counter-service restaurant that offers skewers of Japanese beef and chicken. Diners have the option of eating indoors or outdoors.

The "Matsu No Ma Lounge" offers sashimi and sushi appetizers as well as beverages such as green tea and kirin beer.

TIP: The front terrace here is an excellent spot from which to watch the IllumiNations firework display.

The Mitsukoshi Department Store sells dolls, fine porcelain, kimonos, kitchenware, cookbooks, the items are not cheap but they are very beautiful.

Over the Mitsukoshi Department Store is the "Tempura Kiku". As in the Teppanyaki Dining Room, guests are seated at a counter around the cooking area. The meat and seafood dishes here are not stir-fried as at the Teppanayaki, they are battered and deep-fried, tempura style. Sushi is also on the menu. If you’re feeling brave you may also like to try a potent Samurai – vodka, plum wine and lime juice.

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