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Exploring Traditional Japanese Sweets

When dining at your favorite Japanese restaurant, you may have seen types of wagashi, which are traditional Japanese sweets, listed on the menu. Keep reading to learn about some popular types of wagashi.

Dango

Made from little, sweet rice dumplings that are boiled and grilled, dango is served on a skewer and can be enjoyed plain or flavored with things likes sesame seeds, sweet soy sauce, red bean paste, soy four, and matcha green tea. This chewy type of wagashi is standard fare at festivals in Japan.

Daifuku

Daifuku are little cakes that have a soft, outer layer of rice cake that is dusted in flour, and a smooth, sweet filling. The rice cake can be made in a variety of shapes and colors, and some popular filling varieties include sweet red beans, ice cream, ume paste, fresh strawberries, and matcha cream.

Manju

Manju is a type of steamed pastry that is often made with wheat flour and filled with sweet red bean paste. This dessert can be made in various shapes but is usually in the form of a small, round cake.

Warabimochi

Warabimochi is a traditional Japanese dessert that has a sweet a nutty flavor, a jelly-like consistency, and is covered with a powdery coating. The jelly part is made using starch from warabi bracken, which is a type of fern, and the powder is made from soybeans.

Namagashi

Like most wagashi, namagashi were developed to be served during tea ceremonies, but these desserts are higher in moisture content than many other wagashi varieties. These little cakes are often formed into colorful and elegant designs and filled with ingredients like chestnuts, fruit jellies, and sweet bean paste.

Dorayaki

Dorayaki are made using two round, flat, sponge cakes that traditionally have a red bean paste filling in the middle. However, this sweet, sandwich-like treat can also be found with fillings like custard, ice cream, and whipped cream.

At our Japanese steakhouse and cocktail lounge in San Jose, House of Genji specializes in serving tasty, teppanyaki-style Japanese food. To make your reservation, please call us at (408) 453-8120.

What Is Mochi?

Did you recently visit a Japanese restaurant and notice something called “mochi” on the menu? If so, and if you haven’t tried mochi before, then you may be wondering what this food is and how it is made.

Mochi is a Japanese rice cake, and it is made by steaming sticky rice and then pounding it until it has a smooth texture. Then, the rice can be formed into small pieces or a larger one and then cut. Mochi can be cooked in a variety of ways, for example by grilling, steaming, or baking it. At this point, the mochi can be eaten as is, added to soup, filled with ingredients like ice cream or red bean paste, or flavored and sweetened.

At House of Genji, we offer delicious and authentic Japanese dining in San Jose, as well as teppanyaki food and a cocktail lounge. You can make your reservation today by calling (408) 453-8120.

Did You Know That These Numbers Are Considered Unlucky in Japan?

Are you a fan of teppanyaki dining? If so, then you may be interested in learning about the country where this cuisine originated. Watch this video to discover what numbers are thought of as unlucky in Japan.

In Japan, four is considered unlucky, because it is sometimes pronounced the same way that the word for “death” is. Hospitals and some hotels in Japan have no fourth floor or rooms 4 or 40-49, and it is customary to give gifts in sets of three or five instead of four. Nine is also considered unlucky because it is sometimes pronounced in the same way as the kanji for the word “suffering.”

At our Japanese steakhouse in San Jose, House of Genji offers teppanyaki, sushi, and a cocktail lounge where you can enjoy wonderful food and well-crafted cocktails. To make your reservation, please give us a call at (408) 453-8120.

Answering Common Questions About Karaoke in Japan

After enjoying a meal at a Japanese restaurant, heading to a karaoke facility is a popular option for many people in Japan. If you’re curious about this activity, then read on to learn the answers to common questions about karaoke in Japan.

What is karaoke?

Karaoke is a singing activity that originated in Japan and has become popular in many other countries. In Japan, karaoke often serves as a social activity that is great for stress relief and entertainment.

Where is Karaoke performed in Japan?

Like in the United States, karaoke bars are an option in Japan. However, karaoke boxes are often more popular and prevalent. You can typically find karaoke boxes in busy metro areas.

What is a karaoke box?

Various chain stores in Japan offer karaoke boxes, which are sound-proofed rooms that people can rent by the half hour and use for karaoke. In these rooms, individuals, pairs, and groups can sing their favorite songs in a private space. When renting a karaoke box, you can typically order drinks and food to enjoy while there.

What happens during karaoke?

Of course, there is lots of singing involved in karaoke. After renting a karaoke box in Japan, you enter the room and then select a song to sing. Some locations offer instruments like tambourines and maracas that can be used, as well.

Does karaoke have rules in Japan?

While karaoke doesn’t have rules, there is etiquette associated with this activity. For example, it’s important to wait your turn, to let others pick songs, and for everyone to choose songs that the rest of the group will enjoy. Also, while someone is singing, it’s best not to look bored or use your phone. Finally, don’t be shy and join in on the karaoke fun!

Come and get a taste of Japanese culture at House of Genji, where we offer a cocktail lounge and teppanyaki in San Jose. To schedule your reservation with our Japanese steakhouse, please call (408) 453-8120.

What to Expect When You Order Teppanyaki at House of Genji

Teppanyaki is a type of Japanese cuisine that has been popular in the country for decades. Keep reading to learn what you can expect when you visit House of Genji for a teppanyaki meal.

A Dinner and a Show

Ordering teppanyaki at House of Genji means that you get to enjoy dinner and a show at the same time. This means that going out for a teppanyaki meal is an excellent way to celebrate special events or have a fun night with family or coworkers. At our Japanese steakhouse, we specialize in providing our customers with exceptional teppanyaki food that is prepared and served with flair. While enjoying teppanyaki at our restaurant, you will learn that dinner can double as an entertaining spectacle.

A Memorable Dining Experience

If you’re unfamiliar with teppanyaki dining, then you are in for a treat when you make a reservation at House of Genji. Teppanyaki is prepared on a large, flat grill, and the grill is located right in the middle of your table. After your party is seated and everyone has ordered their dishes, your teppanyaki chef will arrive with all the necessary ingredients. Then, right before your eyes, your chef will cook each dish and serve them as they are prepared.

A Variety of Options

There is something for just about anyone when it comes to teppanyaki dining. Some of the delicious foods that you can order for your teppanyaki meal at House of Genji include filet mignon, New York steak, calamari, lobster, tuna, salmon, prawns, and scallops. You can also order tofu and vegetable options, as well as choose from a variety of delicious side dishes, like pot-stickers, fried rice, and tempura. Finally, you can look forward to finishing off your meal with some fresh fruit or ice cream.

If you have a craving for teppanyaki in San Jose, then come and see us at House of Genji, where we’ve been serving Japanese food with flair since 1971. Please call (408) 453-8120 to make your reservation.

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