Japan Cultural Unit Study

Last week, my blog covers about our Geography study of the eleven countries around the world and the skills we learned from that educational trip. It was truly a great family experience for us and most specially to our little learner here. One of our favorite pavilion at the Epcot World Showcase is Japan! And because we can’t get enough of Japan, we mark our calendar to attend the annual Japanese-American New Year Celebrations held in our town. Below you can find an important facts about Japan and it’s rich history of arts and cultures.

Important facts about Japan:

There are four main islands in Japan from North to South:

Hokkaido, Honshu, Shikoku and Kyushu and about 4,000 smaller islands, including Okinawa.

Honshu located south of Hokkaido is the largest of the four, followed by Hokkaido, Kyushu and Shikoku. The capital Tokyo in east-central Honshu, is one of the world’s most populous cities.

Going back to the event, we experience the lively Japanese-American New Years Celebration held annually in our city at Northern Florida. My daughter was full of excitement as we enter the hallway to the event seeing colorful Japanese decors, arts, memorabilia, souvenirs and other pieces of cultural showcases along the main entrance of the building. I gather here some photos of our favorite Japanese arts and other known mementos of Japan.

Bonsai Tree

Bonsai symbolizes peace, harmony, balance and simplicity.

Japanese Sake

Sake is an alcoholic Japanese rice wine made by fermenting the rice that has been polished to remove the bran.


Origami is a Japanese art of paper folding wherein the goal is to transform a flat square sheet of paper into a finished design through folding and sculpting techniques.

Crane origami

We got this cute crane for souvenir

Hiragana writing for Audrey

Hiragana– Is a Japanese form of writing or syllabary. Originally called onnade or “women’s hand”. Hiragana is the first of all the writing systems taught to Japanese children. Many books for young children are written in hiragana only.

The Matsuriza Taiko Drummers

This group of professional drummer perform regularly at Japan Pavilion of EPCOT World Showcase.