As we cross over the “Straights of Gibraltar” from thewe enter the beautiful and serene country of Japan. Most visitors to The World Showcase bypass Japan because it has no ride, no movie, and nothing wow. In my opinion, they are missing out. The Japanese gardens, the Koi ponds and the majestic architecture make it a very pleasant place to visit. Let’s see what secrets we can find as we visit Japan.
- The statue to the right as you enter Japan was a gift from the government of Japan when Magic Kingdom opened and was moved to Epcot when it opened.
- The Japanese pagoda 5 stories each symbolize something. The Buddhists believe all things in the universe are created and in ascending order they are: earth, water, fire, wind and sky.
- Pearls. There are pearls in Japan. Not the Black Pearl, unless you are really lucky, but oysters full of pearls. One of my favorite non-traditional souvenirs is pearl you have picked yourself. After buying a ticket from the cashier for about $16.00 you can walk up to the tank and point out which oyster you want. The CM behind the counter will pick it, open it, and behold a pearl. After cleaning it in a bowl of salt they measure it and put it in a plastic bag with the size on it. You have the option of having it mounted in a couple different settings for an extra fee.
There is a rumor that if you pick the ugliest, hairiest one you see, you will get a bigger pearl.
- Edible art. More correctly, the ancient art of candy sculpture. Miyuki will amaze you with her ability to “bend” the taffy type candy into almost any shape that the audience has requested. She is the only woman in the world to be trained in the art, and it’s a very elite group encompassing 15 artists world wide. Normally the person that requests the type of the sculpture gets to take it home as a souvenir, but be sure to get their early to try and get to the front of the “line”
Her art is so beautiful and almost hard to describe so I thought I would add a video for you to see. This is an excerpt from her YouTube channel.
- Ever tried a glass of Saki? Most of us have heard of it, but to tasted it. In the back corner of the store is a true Saki bar with tasting size glasses. We sampled some the last time we were there and I was pleasantly surprised by it’s taste (and kick in some of them)
Have you ever picked a pearl or come home with a piece of Miyuki’s beautiful candy? Tasted the Saki? Share with us your favorite part of Japan. Next time we cross over the borders and explore The American Adventure.
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