Anime Expo 2018 Serves up Pop Culture, Part Two

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Anime Expo, the largest celebration of anime pop culture in North America, once again took place at the Los Angeles Convention Center this month. Virtually every facet of Japanese popular culture was represented with gusto as 110,000 fans devoured content for five days on video games, film, tv, cosplay, animation, music, and traditional arts. Heading … Continue reading "Anime Expo 2018 Serves up Pop Culture, Part Two"
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Anime Expo 2018 Serves Up Pop Culture, Part One

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Anime Expo, the largest celebration of anime pop culture in North America, once again took place at the Los Angeles Convention Center this month. Virtually every facet of Japanese popular culture was represented with gusto as 110,000 fans devoured content for five days on video games, film, tv, cosplay, animation, music, and traditional arts. Industry … Continue reading "Anime Expo 2018 Serves Up Pop Culture, Part One"
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New Restaurant Coming to Epcot’s Japan Pavilion

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Today the Disney Parks Blog announced that an all-new table service restaurant will be coming to the Japan Pavilion in World Showcase. The restaurant will be a signature dining experience inspired by the natural beauty of Japan. The setting will draw from both nature and takumi, which means "artisan" in Japanese, and the relationship between Japanese craftsmanship and the natural world will be evident throughout the space. The as-yet unnamed restaurant will be operated by Mitsukoshi USA, which currently operates the merchandise, restaurants (Teppan Edo and Tokyo Dining), and kiosks in the Japan Pavilion. No further construction details or planned opening date have been announced.
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Adventures by Disney Announces New Japan Vacation for 2019

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Adventures by Disney has announced a new Japan vacation for 2019. The trip will offer immersive cultural experiences, such as visiting temples in Kyoto, learning sword techniques with a master samurai, exploring the bustling city of Tokyo and more. The Adventures by Disney Japan vacation will open for booking later this spring, so more details … Continue reading "Adventures by Disney Announces New Japan Vacation for 2019"
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Hidden Mickeys in Epcot and Disney’s Animal Kingdom

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One of my favorite Hidden Mickeys over the years was the three-rock classic Mickey in the Japan Pavilion. You could find it at the right side of the pavilion, in a clearing in the plants along the right side of the walkway to the Mitsukoshi store. I was dismayed when this great image disappeared over … Continue reading "Hidden Mickeys in Epcot and Disney’s Animal Kingdom"
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The Galleries of Epcot — Japan: Bijutsu-kan Gallery

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by J. Scott Lopes AllEars.Net Guest Blogger Epcot is home to many unique galleries that house rotating exhibits, one of which is located in the rear of the Japan pavilion. These galleries are a great place to take a break and learn about the host country, and even get out of the sun or rain … Continue reading "The Galleries of Epcot — Japan: Bijutsu-kan Gallery"
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D23 EXPO DISNEY FAN EVENT TO BE HELD IN JAPAN IN 2018

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MINATO-KU, Tokyo, March 21, 2017 — The Walt Disney Company (Japan) announced today that it will stage D23 Expo Japan 2018, a special event for Disney fans created by D23: The Official Disney Fan Club, over three days from February 10 to February 12, 2018, at Tokyo Disney Resort in Maihama. D23 Expo is held … Continue reading "D23 EXPO DISNEY FAN EVENT TO BE HELD IN JAPAN IN 2018"
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Shopping Around Epcot’s World Showcase

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Shopping in Epcot’s World Showcase pavilions can be a lot of fun and very expensive. I prefer to “shop by camera” and to record items I find during my visits as the merchandise changes over time. For instance, upon leaving the Frozen Ever After ride and entering Puffin’s Roost shop in Epcot’s World Showcase Norway … Continue reading "Shopping Around Epcot’s World Showcase"
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