Friday, March 23, 2012

Quiet Gardens in Epcot's Japan Pavilion

The Japan Pavilion in Epcot can be a hustling and bustling place, with Taiko Drums, Mega Shopping, Art and Culture from the Far East. However just a few feet away from the hustle and bustle of it's center courtyard, you can find a quiet retreat to rest and take in the beauty of manicured Japanese Gardens. Next time you're looking for a spot to relax, find this vantage point, and then simply turn around and wander up the hill.

Traditional Japanese Gardens create miniature landscapes idealized by the skill hand of their creators. They most always incorporate both rocks and water, to symbolize the ying-yang and stylize the way they they complete each other. Many Japanese Gardens will incorporate some sort of bridge, and the Epcot garden is no exception. The bridge is often said to represent the path to paradise an immortality. In the pavilion's garden you will also find a stone lantern, which offers the lessons of the five elements in Buddhist cosmology. On our last trip to Epcot the Princess Party Crew took a few moments respite in the shade and tranquility; while I slipped away so that I could share this quiet moment with you.

Do you have a favorite place inn Epcot to stop and rest for awhile? I would love to hear about your secret spot, so leave me a comment and let me know where you find tranquility in the middle of the theme park hustle and bustle!

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