The Japan Pavilion at Epcot in Walt Disney World is an amazing experience for all of the senses. The beautiful architecture. The traditional Japanese music. Even the wonderful smells coming from the restaurants. If you have children who want to learn more about the cultures represented in World Showcase, there are plenty of educational resources for Epcot’s Japan Pavilion.
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Educational Resources for Epcot’s Japan Pavilion
Right next to the American Pavilion sits the picturesque Japan Pavilion. The red torii gate, the the five-story pagoda, beautiful gardens, koi ponds, even the Mitsukoshi Department Store all work together to transport visitors across the Pacific Ocean. It’s amazing how the sights and sounds of the World Showcase pavilions can make you feel like you are really there!
Crafts and Activities
Squirrelly Minds shows readers how to make a mini version of a koinobori, or Japanese flying carp. Using items you will likely find around the house, she takes you step by step through this craft and even teaches you a little about Japanese traditions along the way.
Homeschooling Hearts and Minds shares links to all sorts of great resources for older children who may want to learn more about Japan. From map skills to woodblock prints and so much more. Be sure to check out all of their other Japan study resources too!
Your child can make haiku art with these easy suggestions from More Than a Worksheet.
It only takes a few basic supplies to make these beautiful salt watercolor koi fish from The Crafty Classroom.
Mrs. Miracle’s Music Room shares ways you can teach your child all about the music of Japan.
Little learners can have fun too with this Japan in a box sensory bin from My Small Potatoes.
Books About Japan
In The Way We Do It in Japan by Geneva Cobb Iijima, a young boy learns just how different life is in Japan after moving there with his family.
Japanese Celebrations: Cherry Blossoms, Lanterns, and Stars! by Betty Reynolds teaches children about many Japanese traditions.
Children can follow along with a year in the life of a young child living in Tokyo in I Live in Tokyo by Mari Takabayashi.
Toddlers can learn all about Japanese nature in The Tiny Traveler: Japan (A Nature Book) by Misti Kenison.
Children of all ages will enjoy the beautifully illustrated tales in Japanese Children’s Favorite Stories by Florence Sakade.
My First Book of Japanese Words: An ABC Rhyming Book by Michelle Haney Brown introduces young children to the Japanese language.
What is it like to live in Japan for a few months? Older readers can find out in My Awesome Japan Adventure: A Diary About the Best 4 Months Ever! by Rebecca Otowa.
What do you think children could learn from Epcot’s Japan Pavilion?