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Travel in Japan: Which Month Is Right for You?

Do you love Japanese restaurants and culture so much that you want to visit Japan? If so, then you might get more out of your trip by knowing a bit about travel and events at different times of the year. The following is a bit about what to expect in Japan month-by-month:

January

Cold, sunny, and great for skiing, January boasts reasonable travel prices if you avoid the New Years holiday.

February

February marks the beginning of spring according to the old Japanese lunar calendar, and this month includes plenty of wonderful winter festivals to attend.

March

Pleasant spring weather starts up by late March, and the cherry blossoms begin to bloom in Tokyo, Osaka, and Kyoto.

April

April marks the beginning of cherry blossom season, and the weather is pleasant in most parts of Japan. April has many events designed to celebrate spring and concludes with the Golden Week holiday.

May

May is the last month of mild spring weather before Japan’s rainy season commences, and it’s packed with events, holidays, and festivals.

June

This month is the rainy season for most of Japan, includes a few events, and can be a great month for finding travel deals.

July

School holidays start in July, beaches open for use, and the summer festival season begins.

August

August is humid, hot, filled with events, and known for having high travel prices.

September

Japan’s rainiest month is marked by typhoons and the closing of the summer festival season.

October

This month includes events and autumn festivals and enjoys reasonable travel prices.

November

Cool, crisp, and brightened with autumn leaves, November can be expensive for travel to areas known for having beautiful fall colors.

December

The sunniest month of the year, December is chilly and filled with forget-the-year parties. Large cities are decorated for Christmas and stores are abuzz with holiday shoppers.

Do you want to enjoy a taste of Japan here at home? If so, then come and see us at House of Genji, where we serve sushi and teppanyaki at our Japanese restaurant in San Jose. Please call (408) 453-8120 to schedule your reservation.

A Look at Nightlife in Osaka, Japan

Do you often visit the cocktail lounge at your local Japanese steakhouse? If so, then you may enjoy learning more about entertainment and nightlife in Japan. Osaka, which is located in the Kansai region, is part of the Keihanshin metropolitan area, which is the second largest one in Japan. Continue reading for an introduction to Osaka’s nightlife.

Gaijin Bars

When visiting Osaka, Japan as a foreigner, one type of nightlife that’s available every night of the week is gaijin bars. “Gaijin” means foreigner, and these bars are those that are frequented by visitors to Japan. This difference means that if you stop by one of these bars, that you shouldn’t have trouble ordering a drink, despite not knowing the language. Also, you’re more likely to meet English-speaking Japanese at one of these locations.

Nightclubs

If you’re looking for a good party, then you’ll find that Osaka’s nightclubs don’t disappoint. The city has several in its center and within walking distance of one another, allowing you to move on to another if the first wasn’t quite what you were looking for. However, it’s important to keep in mind that Osaka’s subways don’t run between around 1 am and 5 am, meaning you should decide in advance if you’re going to pull an all-nighter.

Karaoke Bars

In the entertainment neighborhoods of major cities like Osaka, karaoke bars are incredibly common. These bars can typically be identified by the word karaoke written in katakana and have 4-12 floors that house karaoke boxes. In a karaoke bar, individuals or groups can enjoy drinks and an evening of singing and socializing. Karaoke bars offer various plans, sometimes including all-you-can-drink, and generally have rates that go by 30 or 60 minutes per person. Be sure that you understand the rates before getting the evening started because it can be easy to run up charges while enjoying karaoke.

House of Genji offers a cocktail lounge, teppanyaki, and authentic Japanese dining in San Jose. To schedule your next reservation, please call (408) 453-8120.

Spotlight on Deep Fried Calamari

Because seafood is a major component of traditional Japanese dining, it’s not usual to see a wide selection of menu items that feature fish, shrimp, and scallops when visiting a Japanese restaurant. Options made with calamari, or squid, are also very popular, and fried calamari is an often-ordered side dish.

When served, fried calamari is usually in the form of battered and breaded rings that have been fried in oil. Calamari can have a mild taste but is known for having a unique texture that can range from chewy and rubbery to gummy or crunchy, depending on how it is prepared. Many seafood enthusiasts consider calamari to be a delicacy, and it is a popular option in many Japanese restaurants.

House of Genji provides distinctive and delicious teppanyaki dining in the heart of Silicon Valley. If you’d like to try one of our calamari dishes or other menu items, then please make a reservation with our Japanese restaurant in San Jose by calling (408) 453-8120.

What Exactly Is Sake?

If you’ve ever dined in a Japanese restaurant, then you may have noticed a beverage called sake on the menu. Sake is an alcoholic drink that holds an esteemed place in Japanese culture. Watch this video to learn more about sake.

Sake is made from rice and in the same way as beer, but it is served and enjoyed like wine. The rice grains are polished before being used to make sake, and the various levels of rice polishing result in different types and qualities of the beverage. Traditionally, another person should pour sake for you, and it can be considered impolite to serve this drink to yourself.

At our Japanese restaurant serving San Jose, House of Genji offers teppanyaki dining and features a cocktail lounge. To find out more or to make a reservation, please call (408) 453-8120.

Ways That Rice Is Used in Japanese Cuisine

If you enjoy dining at Japanese restaurants, then you may realize how significant rice is as an ingredient in Japanese cuisine. Continue reading to learn just a few of the ways that rice is used in Japan.

Sashimi

If you’re like many people, then you’re already familiar with sushi. Sashimi is sometimes confused with sushi, which is always served with rice and may or may not include fish or meat. Sashimi, on the other hand, is a dish of thinly sliced and bite-sized raw fish or meat, and it is typically enjoyed with wasabi paste and soy sauce.

Onigiri

Arguably the most common and beloved way to enjoy rice in Japan, onigiri is a kind of rice ball. First, rice is steamed and then seasoned, often with seaweed, salt, and vinegar. Then, it can be prepared in a variety of ways. Typically, the rice is pressed into a round or triangular shape and may then be topped with ingredients like tuna and mayonnaise, pickled vegetables, or red beans. Then, it is wrapped in a piece of seaweed for easy eating.

Sake

Brewed from rice and enjoyed like wine, sake is an alcoholic beverage that is popular and historically significant in Japan. There are many types of sake, and they can vary in quality, cost, and taste.

Mochi

Mochi is cake made from rice that is pounded into a paste. Mochi can be enjoyed in many ways, for example, boiled and served with soy sauce and sugar or baked and topped with sweetened red beans. You can also find premade dessert products that are balls of ice cream wrapped in sweetened and flavored mochi. Zoni, which is a traditional Japanese soup served on New Year’s Day, features mochi as the main ingredient and might also be made with vegetables, meat, and seafood.

At House of Genji, we specialize in serving delicious teppanyaki and authentic Japanese food. If you’d like to make a reservation at our Japanese steakhouse serving San Jose, then please call (408) 453-8120.

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