Day 13: Un Poco Loco! / Four Resorts, Two Festivals 2019

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Japan Pavilion

The Japan Pavilion is one of my favorites in World Showcase – I hope to get to the actual Japan one day, but till then, this is the closest I’ll get!

We spent some time looking at the different mini trees in the Bonsai Collection, which are beautiful to look at and so fascinating to learn about. I’ll share a photo of each one I saw and the details on the plaque under the tree.

There is a second garden here called the Kokedema Garden, where you can “Admire fresh expressions of an ancient Japanese art in this tranquil garden.”

We also stopped for Frushi – fruit sushi, from Hunami, the outdoor kitchen in Japan, as well as enjoyed the ambiance and sights in this pavilion.

The next section is photos with descriptions as suitable!

Ilex cornuta
Chinese Holly
Style: Informal Upright
Age: 45 years
Tree in Training: 6 years
Presented by Alan Chryst
Haematoxylum campechianum
Campeche/Bloodwood
Style: Formal Upright
Age: 50 years
Tree in Training: 4 years
Presented by Jesus Brito
Chloroleucan tortum
Brazilian Rain Tree
Style: Informal Upright
Age: 30 years
Tree in Training: 25 years
Presented by Reggie Perdue
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Eugenia xerophytica
Muleta
Style: Informal Upright
Age: 50 years
Tree in Training: 15 years
Present by Cesar Gonzalez
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Green Mound
Green Mound Ficus
Style: Root Over Statue
Age: 15 years
Tree in Training: 8 years
Presented by Jerome Kellerhals
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Japanese Pagoda – a replica of a 7th century Horyuji Temple
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Zen Garden – Japan Pavilion – location of some of the Bonsai Collection
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View of Mexico Pavilion from Japan Pavilion (Epcot World Showcase)
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Japan Pavilion (Epcot World Showcase)
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The Torii Gate (Japan Pavilion) was inspired by the Itsukushima Shrine in Hiroshima Bay, Southern Japan
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Torri Gate with Spaceship Earth in the distance
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Hanami » Outdoor Kitchen Japan Pavilion

  • Frushi – Fresh Pineapple, Strawberry, and Melon rolled with Coconut Rice, sprinkled with Toasted Coconut, Whipped Cream with Raspberry Sauce on the side ($5.95)

This sweet take on sushi is a festival favorite for many, and I really liked it. Steve, however, did not. He is not a fan of coconut – at all – and so skipped this!

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Podocarpus macrophyllus
Buddha Pine
Style: Formal Upright
Age: 40 years
Tree in Training: 10 years
Presented by David Cutchin
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Ficus salicaria
Willow Leaf Ficus
Style: Informal Upright
Age: 38 years
Tree in Training: 30 years
Presented by James Shearer
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Ficus neriifolia
Narrow Leaf Ficus
Style: Informal Upright
Age: 50 years
Tree in Training: 30 years
Presented by Randy Clark
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Chloroleucon tortum
Brazilian Rain Tree
Style: Informal Upright
Age: 30 years
Tree in Training: 25 years
Presented by Christian Casellas
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Taxodium distichum
Bald Cypress
Style: Informal Upright
Age: 30 years
Tree in Training: 4 years
Presented by Jesus Brito
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Juniperus chinensis ‘Parsonii’
Parson’s Juniper
Style: Bunjin
Age: 30 years
Tree in Training: 20 years
Presented by Christian Casellas
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Not sure if these are Rhododendron or Azalea?
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Callistemon viminalis
Bottlebrush
Style: Weeping
Age: 15 years
Tree in Training: 3 year
Presented by Bob Yahrling
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View of Spaceship Earth from Japan Pavilion
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Bucida spinosa
Dwarf Black Olive
Style: Informal Upright
Age: 27 years
Tree in Training: 18 years
Presented by Mike Rogers
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Elaegnus pungens
Silverthorn Silver Surfer
Style: Informal Upright
Age: 28 years
Tree in Training: 8 years
Presented by Rob Kempinski
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Katsura Grill

We ventured into an area of the Japan Pavilion that we have never seen before! That is bonkers after 6 trips we are still discovering new (to us) things.





This area is home to Katsura Grill which is a quick-service dining location serving sushi, udon, and teriyaki.

There was lots of beautiful theming and landscaping, as well as a waterfall and koi pond.

It was certainly a very tranquil area before it would inevitably become busy during meal times.

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Japanese Lanterns
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Koi Pond
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Koi Pond
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Koi Pond
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Waterfall
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Pagoda Bell
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Mitsukoshi Department Store (on the right, under the stairs
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The Castle (to the left)
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The Castle – Japan Pavilion

In feudal times, great castles dominated the Japanese countryside. Inhabitants of the castle towns surrounding them found refuge within their mighty walls. The Shirasagijo or “White Egret Castle,” overlooking the city of Himeji, is one of the best preserved castles of early Japan. The great beauty and strength of that stronghold are captured in this majestic fortress

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Kokedama Garden Sign
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Kokedama Garden (Japan Pavilion)
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Fish Windchime
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Spike the Bee (Iris location Japan Pavilion)
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Spike the Bee

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