Pixel Hollow: Magical Gateways

This isn’t a revelatory photograph but I like the clumsy symbolism of the ancient torii gate (in front of the Japan pavilion at Epcot) looking towards the futuristic Spaceship Earth. Even at the rather naïve age of 17, I was keen on the Disney Imagineers’ skill in not only designing individual attractions or pavilions, but how they framed them with the rest of the parks.

My affinity for Japanese culture probably had its very minimal beginnings here as it was one of my favorite pavilions, probably dazzling my imagination with thoughts of ninjas or samurai. However, it would be another decade before I truly came to appreciate the Japanese dining experience (i.e. hibachi, tempura and sushi). Perhaps I should bring this picture with me to Sushi Boy!