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Go Off the Beaten Track in Tokyo

Tokyo is a large, bustling city, and for visitors, it can be hard to discover the real culture outside of the tourist areas. By getting off the beaten track, you will be able to find the best Japanese restaurants, bars, clubs, and shopping.

Watch this video to learn about some places to visit in Tokyo that are outside of the typical tourist attractions. Try some of these places for a more authentic Japanese experience when you visit the country.

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Answering FAQs About Yukatas

Kimonos are easily recognizable as traditional Japanese clothing to many people, but yukatas are less well-known. They look similar to kimonos, but they are worn at different times and are made of different materials. If you travel to Japan, you may encounter many yukatas, depending on the time of year of your trip. There, you’ll see them everywhere, from people dining on Japanese food in hotel restaurants to fireworks displays. Here are the answers to some questions that people often have about yukatas.

How are yukatas different from kimonos?

Yukatas look very similar to kimonos, but they are not the same. While kimonos are made of silk, yukatas are made from lighter fabrics, including cotton, and are usually designed using brighter colors than kimonos. Yukatas also have fewer layers than kimonos. Because of the lighter fabrics and layers, yukatas are worn in the summertime to many of the same places people might wear kimonos at other times of the year. Yukatas are also significantly more affordable than kimonos, which means that more people have them and wear them.

How do I put on a yukata?

The first step is to put the yukata on as you would a robe. Be sure to put the right side underneath the left side. Putting the right side of clothing over the left is done when the dead are prepared for burial and should never be done in life. After the yukata is wrapped appropriately, tie the obi, or sash, around your waist. Start with the ends towards your back, and end by tying the obi in a bow in the front.

When should I wear a yukata?

Traditional Japanese hotels often give yukatas to guests to wear around the property and in the neighboring towns. They are also traditionally worn to festivals, fireworks displays, and at Japanese hot bath facilities.

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What to Expect from Your First Teppanyaki Experience

Teppanyaki is a dining experience unlike any other. Most people who go to a Japanese restaurant for teppanyaki for the first time are unsure what to expect. The first thing you can expect is to walk away from the experience excited about making plans for your next teppanyaki meal. Here is a look at what teppanyaki first-timers need to know.

You will make new friends while you eat.

At a teppanyaki meal, diners are seated around a grill on which their meals are cooked as they watch. If you go with a big group, you might have a grill to yourselves, but if you go with just a few friends, chances are that you will be seated with other parties. Because the chef entertains the group while cooking, you’ll find yourself interacting with other diners as you have your meal. Teppanyaki is a great chance to turn dinner into a social event, so be ready to make some new friends as you dine.

You will gain a new appreciation for knife skills.

One thing that diners love about teppanyaki is that the chefs truly put on a performance while they cook. The knife skills they use to slice and dice meats and veggies are amazing to watch and are the result of years of hard work and training. In addition to their knife skills, teppanyaki chefs also use their spatulas and other tools to toss, catch, and flip foods with lightening speeds. A common teppanyaki game you might experience is the chef flipping a small veggie or piece of meat into the mouth of a diner.

You will get to customize your meal to your liking.

Because your chef is cooking your meal right in front of you, you can specify every part of it, from the meat used in your dish to the veggies and spices added. You’ll also have a selection of sauces and condiments to flavor your meal to your personal tastes.

If you’ve never experienced teppanyaki, then make House of Genji part of your plans tonight. We’re here to answer your questions about teppanyaki and the rest of our menu any time. Call our Japanese restaurant in San Jose at (408) 453-8120.

Why Teppanyaki Is Perfect for Blind Dates

Whether you’ve been set up by friends or found each other on Tinder, meeting for the first time for a date is nerve-racking. To take some of the pressure off, consider planning your date for someplace fun with lots of activity going on, to help make conversation a little easier. Teppanyaki is the perfect solution for breaking the ice on blind dates.

Meeting for dinner is common on blind dates, but sitting together and trying to come up with conversation is a lot of pressure. When you opt for Japanese dining teppanyaki-style, you still get to share a meal, but you also get to enjoy the entertainment together. The showmanship of the chefs is enough to carry any lulls in conversation, and you’ll be surrounded by conversation starters, so you’ll have plenty of things to discuss.

Add a few drinks from the cocktail lounge at House of Genji, and you have all of the right ingredients for a successful blind date. Book a table for teppanyaki in San Jose by calling (408) 453-8120.

Planning Your First Visit to Shibuya

Shibuya is one of the most thriving districts in Tokyo, and it attracts visitors from all over the world. This video gives you some insight about where to go and what to see when you visit this famed Japanese neighborhood.

Shibuya is a mecca for young people and is the capital of fashion within the city. There are endless places to shop, eat, and drink, including a coffee shop you’re unlikely to find anywhere else in the world that lets you walk a goat with the purchase of a drink.

To fill your craving for Japanese food in San Jose, choose House of Genji. You’ll find an extensive teppanyaki menu as well as other Japanese favorites and tasty drinks from our cocktail lounge. Find out more about our Japanese dining experience by calling (408) 453-8210.

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