5 Ways to Ex­pe­ri­ence Ja­pan

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Helmed by the Iron Chef Masa­haru Mo­ri­moto, Mo­ri­moto Asia re­cently opened at Dis­ney Springs and of­fers an ar­ray of Asian cui­sine as well as au­then­tic Ja­panese fare, from sushi and sake to sa­vory ra­men. dis­neysprings.com


Walt Dis­ney World’s Ep­cot rep­re­sents Ja­pan as one of 11 coun­tries around the World Show­case. Guests can en­joy three restau­rants, an art gallery, free en­ter­tain­ment from Ja­panese drum­mers through­out the day and the Tokyo gi­ant depart­ment store, Mit­sukoshi. At Mit­sukoshi, you’ll find ev­ery­thing from gor­geous ce­ram­ics, silk ki­monos, origami and Ja­panese gar­den kits to pop- cul­ture items like candy, trin­kets and Hello Kitty, Poké­mon and Power Rangers toys. Don’t miss the jew­elry counter, where for $18 you can select your own oys­ter for a beau­ti­ful pearl. Out­side, sroll through the lovely Ja­panese gar­dens and over koi ponds while sip­ping a sake or a cold Kirin beer. Tep­pan Edo fea­tures lively hi­bachi ta­bles, or for some­thing more up­scale, Tokyo Din­ing is the per­fect place for a late din­ner where you can catch the 9 pm fire­works show from the ex­pan­sive win­dows. dis­ney­world. com


This pop­u­lar Ja­panese depart­ment store has opened its first lo­ca­tion in the Southeast at Dis­ney Springs. UNIQLO is known for its ca­sual wear and com­fort­able, light­weight fab­rics. Think Old Navy or H&M prices with Tokyo color and en­ergy. The Or­lando lo­ca­tion gives a nod to Dis­ney with char­ac­ter ap­parel and mer­chan­dise, from “Star Wars” and “Toy Story” to Mickey Mouse, but also of­fers its tra­di­tional cloth­ing and re­tail items. Fans of Ja­panese cul­ture can also find ki­monos, lanterns and graphic tees. dis­neysprings.com


Uni­ver­sal Parks and Re­sorts is part­ner­ing with Nin­tendo to build theme-park ar­eas in Ja­pan, Cal­i­for­nia and Or­lando over the next few years. Guests, no mat­ter what their gam­ing level, will en­ter for a larg­erthan-life ad­ven­ture with their fa­vorite Nin­tendo char­ac­ters and scenes, per­haps with man- eat­ing plants, su­per mush­rooms and flower pots that lead to se­cret tun­nels. “When they’re trans­ported into that world, and they stand there for a mo­ment and see it in front of them like as if they just walked into their game plat­form, it’s go­ing to be a re­ally ex­cit­ing time,” said Mark Woodbury, pres­i­dent Uni­ver­sal Cre­ative, in a press an­nounce­ment. uni­ver­sa­lor­lando.com


At down­town Or­lando’s stun­ning Dr. Phillips Cen­ter for the Per­form­ing Arts, the Or­lando Phil­har­monic will play mu­sic from new and clas­sic Poké­mon video games. Care­fully timed vi­su­als will bring the mu­sic to life, giv­ing fans a treat for their senses. If your chil­dren haven’t seen a sym­phony be­fore, this is the per­fect in­tro­duc­tion to ex­pe­ri­ence clas­si­cal mu­sic in a fam­ily-friendly way. April 30, tick­ets start at $26. dr­phillip­s­cen­ter.org

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