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What You Need to Know Before Visiting Japan

Do you love dining at Japanese restaurants and want to visit Japan one day? If so, then check out this video to learn ten things you should know beforehand.

  1. You should get Wi-Fi connection information.
  2. You don’t need to reply when people greet you at shops and restaurants.
  3. Many Japanese cannot speak English.
  4. Japanese take off their shoes when entering homes and certain establishments.
  5. It’s better to use post office ATMs.
  6. Sizes run smaller in Japan.
  7. There aren’t many vegetarian restaurants.
  8. You can’t always take leftovers home.
  9. Rush hour trains are crowded.
  10. You don’t need to tip.

House of Genji is a Japanese steakhouse that features a cocktail lounge, teppanyaki dining, and a broad range of authentic Japanese dishes. If you would like to learn more, you can reach our Japanese restaurant in San Jose by calling (408) 453-8120.

Shake Up Your Sake Habit with These Cocktails

For many people, Japanese dining and sake go hand-in-hand. If you frequently order this rice wine when you visit Japanese restaurants and want to enjoy it in new ways, then keep reading for some for some sake cocktail ideas.

Cherry Sake Cocktail

Can’t quite let go of summer? If so, then the cherry sake cocktail is for you. To make this fruity drink, you will need frozen cherries, sake, and ginger ale. To give the drink a more enticing appearance, add just a couple of drops of red food coloring.

Sake Champagne Mojito

If you enjoy traditional mojitos, then don’t pass up on the sake champagne mojito. For this recipe, you’ll need sake, extra dry champagne, fresh mint, lime juice, and liquid stevia. After muddling the mint, stevia, and lime juice, add the sake and champagne, stir, and serve over ice.

Raspberry Sake Tea

For something sweet, fruity, and fresh, consider trying a raspberry sake tea cocktail. This simple drink uses just raspberry flavored tea bags, sugar, water, and sake. The tea should first be brewed and then mixed with the sugar and left to cool in the refrigerator. To serve, mix in the sake and pour over ice. For added appeal, toss in a handful or fresh raspberries.

Kyoho Cobbler

If you want to make a visual statement, then the Kyoho cobbler hits the mark. This sake cocktail calls for sherry, sake, cachaça, white vermouth, gomme syrup, lemon juice, shiso leaves, and Kyoho grapes.

Tangerine Ginger Sake Sangria

Perfect for those warm afternoons in late summer and early fall, the tangerine ginger sake sangria is a sweet and spicy beverage that is delicious and easy to make. This sangria is made with sake, fresh ginger, sugar, water, tangerines, and fresh mint.

You can find the recipes for these cocktails by clicking here.

To enjoy some creative cocktails in a Japanese steakhouse setting, visit House of Genji for dinner or Happy Hour in our cocktail lounge in San Jose. To make your reservation, please call (408) 453-8120.

Why Teppanyaki Is the Right Choice for Your Teen's Birthday Party

Have you ever tried teppanyaki dining? This fun and delicious dinner option is an ideal choice for birthdays and other events. If you’re in the process of organizing a dinner for your teen’s upcoming birthday party, then read on to learn why it makes sense to choose teppanyaki for the event.

Delicious Food

Finally, one of the most obvious reasons for choosing teppanyaki for your teen’s birthday party is the food. Teppanyaki involves cooking foods on a grill and can be used to prepare a huge range of delicious dishes. Some examples of what you might see on a teppanyaki menu include scallops, tuna, lobster, filet mignon, New York steak, vegetables, and tofu.

Social Setting

When visiting a teppanyaki restaurant, parties are seated around a large table. There is a big griddle in the center of the table, and the table’s chef stands and works from one side to prepare the meal. When it comes to birthday parties, this setup can be ideal, allowing the attendees to chat and enjoy each other’s company while being entertained and enjoying their food simultaneously.

Menu Options

When it comes to birthday food that everyone can agree on, most people settle for something simple like pizza or burgers. However, if you’re looking for something more interesting for your teen and his or her friends to enjoy, then consider making a reservation for a teppanyaki meal. With the many menu options to choose from, everyone is sure to find something that they love, making teppanyaki a great alternative to typical party foods.

Lively Atmosphere

If you’re looking for a way to provide your teen with a fun birthday dinner, then teppanyaki is the way to go. When your teen and several friends sit down around the big table and teppanyaki grill, they can converse with one another and watch together as the teppanyaki chef prepares their meals right before their eyes with both flair and skill.

If you’d like to make your reservation for delicious Japanese food and teppanyaki in San Jose, then call House of Genji at (408) 453-8120.

How Is Miso Soup Made?

When it comes to Japanese restaurant staples, most people are familiar with miso soup. However, individuals are often less clear about how this tasty side dish is made.

To make miso soup, one first gathers tofu, green onions, dried wakame seaweed, miso paste, and dashi, which is a broth flavored with fish flakes. Second, the seaweed is allowed to soak in warm water. Next, the dashi is heated and mixed with the miso paste. Then, the seaweed and tofu are stirred into the mixture. After simmering shortly, the soup is removed from the heat and topped with chopped green onions. Whether served with hibachi, sushi, fried rice, or grilled fish, miso soup is a delicious side dish that deserves a place at every Japanese meal.

If you’d like to enjoy a taste of authentic Japanese dining in San Jose, then please call House of Genji at (408) 453-8120 to schedule your reservation with our Japanese steakhouse.

Exploring Summer Festivals in Japan

The arrival of summer in Japan means lots of seasonal festivals to enjoy. If you’re planning to enjoy Japanese restaurants and culture this summer, then watch this video to get a glimpse of one of this season’s local events, the Kagurazaka summer festival.

Most summer festivals in Japan are held in July or August, and you will find plenty of street vendors selling snacks and sweet treats at these celebrations. Once the sun goes down, lanterns are lit, traditional performances start, and the Kagurazaka summer festival develops a memorable atmosphere and becomes even more lively.

Enjoy a taste of Japan by joining us at House of Genji this season. For information about our cocktail lounge or to schedule your reservation at our Japanese restaurant in San Jose, call (408) 453-8120.

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