Morimoto Asia’s Taste from the Seas of Japan teaches guests about fresh Japanese fish delivered daily to Disney Springs

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Morimoto Asia’s Sakura Festival brings the Taste from the Seas of Japan experience, which educates guests in the varieties, quality, and process of breaking down the fresh fish delivered from Japan to be served in the restaurant daily.

Morimoto Asia is where guests at Walt Disney World can experience the finest in Pan-Asian cuisine. The restaurant is from Chef Morimoto, most famous for his appearance on “Iron Chef America” on the Food Network. This restaurant offers guests unique exhibition kitchens that provide behind-the-scenes views of traditions like Peking duck carving and dim sum. The restaurant also happens to offer a stunning and massive 2-story interior, which even further immerses guests into only the finest dining experience.


This month the restaurant has been celebrating the Morimoto Asia Sakura Festival, which marks the arrival of spring and the cherry blossoms at Morimoto Asia. Not only does the festival bring Instagram-worthy décor of pink blooms of the Sakura, but it also brings a series of ticketed events and menu specials dedicated to the cherry blossoms. One special experience offered during the festival is the Taste from the Seas of Japan.

For this experience, Morimoto Asia’s sushi chefs spend time educating the restaurant’s staff about the different types, standards and the traditional filleting of the fresh fish delivered from Japan that is served in the restaurant. This experience lets guests attend this educational seminar where they can learn about and taste the seas of Japan while enjoying a sake sampling. Part of this experience also includes the breakdown of Katsuo/Bontio, which can be seen in the video above.

Uni/Sea Urchin Roe

Some of the fish discussed during the experience include Katsuo/Bonito, Aka Yagara/Cornet Fish, Tachiuo/Cutlas Fish, Madai, Uni and Hokkaidako/Octopus legs.

Madai/ Red Seabream
Tachiuo/Cutlas Fish

Aka Yagara/Cornet Fish

The Taste from the Seas of Japan experience has already passed but as the Sakura Festival continues, the next ticketed event coming up is the Ramen Seminar and Tasting, Sunday, April 8 from 12-3 PM. This is where guests can spend the afternoon learning about the various types of Asian noodles and how they are made. Following the seminar, guests will visit multiple ramen stations to taste different types of ramen dishes. Tickets for this experience are $36.

Also be sure to check out the Matsuri Festival, Sunday, April 15 from 12-4PM. This event is the official ending of the festival, where guests can enjoy a family fun day inspired by the traditional Matsuri festival of Japan.

During this special day, guests can enjoy multiple Pan-Asian street food stations and 4 beer and cocktail stations throughout the interior and exterior of the restaurant. Additionally, the festival will include gaming stations with traditional Japanese carnival games, shuffleboard, origami artist, calligraphy artist, giveaways and a station in partnership with Morimoto Asia’s neighbors, Uniqlo.

For more information about all of the events listed above or to purchase tickets, be sure to visit the official website.

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