One of my favorite things to do is walk around the World Showcase in Epcot and catch some of the fantastic entertainment offered at the various pavilions. If you’ve never taken the time to do this you’re missing, in my opinion, a part of Epcot that makes these pavilions more real and very special.
Each of the different pavilions does a wonderful job exhibiting the art, architecture and culture of the different countries. I think everyone who has walked the countries has marveled at how the buildings create the look and feel of the country they represent. However, for me the charm of World Showcase goes beyond buildings, merchandise and food. It’s the entertainment, the bands, the acrobats, and the street performers that seal the deal for me.
Of all the exceptional entertainment offered nothing brings me more enjoyment than watching Matsuriza, the Taiko Drummers, performing in the Japan pavilion. I know if you’re in the area when they are performing you’ve probably heard their drums. But if you haven’t stopped to watch and listen to them then you’re really missing a great show.
They perform at the Japan pavilion on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday of each week at 2:00, 3:00, 3:45, 5:25, 6:35 and 7:15 PM. Their shows usually run around 15 minutes. The group consists of three, and sometimes four, members and each show is a little different.
Each time I watch them I marvel at how talented they are and how much strength and stamina is needed to be one of these drummers.
Usually the drummers perform on the Goju-no-to pagoda balcony. However it is under refurbishment right now, so they have moved to the courtyard.
Here are some pictures that I took of Matsuriza in action:
I realize that you may have a favorite World Showcase entertainment that’s different than mine. I would love to hear who your favorites are. Maybe it’s Off Kilter, the Voices of Liberty, the British Invasion, the Dragon Legend Acrobats, MoRockin or one of the other talented performers? Let me know and I just may include them in a one of my future blogs
Well, that’s all for now. As my good friend says “see ya real soon”….DizneyMike
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