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Choosing a Healthier Lunch for Your Workday

You do not have to sacrifice taste to maintain a healthy diet. The next time you go out to lunch on a workday, use the following tips to choose a healthier lunch that still hits the spot:

Fish and lean meat are great sources of protein. There are plenty of amazing lunch options that include fish and chicken. Seaweed found in Japanese menu items like sushi has a lot of vitamins, minerals, and dietary fiber that can benefit your whole body. Opt for meals with a lot of vegetables that help you meet your daily quota and still enjoy delicious flavors.

Gourmet Meal

When you do lunch at House of Genji in San Jose, you have a huge selection of healthier lunch items that are full of flavor. From our lunch duos to our sushi options, we give you a way to eat healthy and still enjoy your meal. Check us out online or call (408) 453-8120 to learn more about our amazing lunch selections.

The Health Benefits of Seaweed

On top of being delicious, Japanese food also offers some important health benefits that can benefit your entire body. The next time you are craving sushi, your meal can actually help improve your overall health. Keep reading to find out how seaweed, which is an important ingredient in Japanese cuisine, can make you healthier:

Seaweed Salad

It Is Full of Dietary Fiber
Dietary fiber is an important element of a healthy diet that a lot of people tend to skimp on. Certain kinds of seaweed are full of alginate, which is a natural fiber that can aid in digestion and actually reduce the amount of fat that your body absorbs. Eating fiber also makes you feel full, which keeps you from eating more than you actually should and might help you lose a little weight.

It Contains Minerals and Vitamins You Need
Eating seaweed gives you easy access to essential minerals and vitamins that you need for your body to function at its best. It contains iodine, which your body needs to optimize thyroid function. Seaweed can actually increase your metabolism so you can break down fat more efficiently. It is also a great source of calcium, vitamin B-12, and vitamin A.

It Helps Your Heart
Like many kinds of fish, seaweed gives you a healthy amount of omega-3 fatty acids, which can improve your heart health. This vegetarian-friendly ingredient gives everyone a chance to increase the amount of omega-3 fatty acids in their diets. Healthy fats like these increase good cholesterol levels and lower dangerous cholesterol levels. It can also decrease inflammation, which helps reduce your risk for serious diseases.

Come to San Jose’s House of Genji to get your daily seaweed fix. Our menu is full of authentic Japanese cuisine that is both delicious and nutritious. Whether you are in the mood for teppan-yaki style steak or sushi, we have a great selection of food for everyone. To learn more about our menu items, visit us online or call (408) 453-8120.

How Sake Is Made

Sake is as important to Japanese cuisine as sushi. Nothing complements a Japanese meal better than a glass of sake.

The Japanese have been mass-producing sake since the 1300’s when it officially became an important drink for the culture. Check out this video to learn more about sake and how it is made.

Come to San Jose’s House of Genji to sample some sake with your next meal. With a menu full of authentic Japanese cuisine, we can satiate any craving. From sushi to teppan-yaki style steak, we bring you the perfect cuisine for any occasion. To learn more about our menu and our services, visit us online or call (408) 453-8120. 

An Overview of the Japanese Festival Obon

You do not have to fly to another continent to celebrate Japanese culture and customs. Keep reading to learn about the Japanese Festival Obon and how you can celebrate it without even leaving San Jose:

Three Little Girls in Kimonos

A Way to Honor the Dead
The point of Obon is to honor your ancestors who have passed away, with special attention focused on those who have recently died. Relatives spend time caring for their ancestors’ gravesites as well as throwing and attending memorial services. This gives people a way to dedicate some time to their lost loved ones while keeping their memories alive.

A Festive Celebration
Even though Obon is designed to honor the dead, it is not a somber occasion. The festival is full of dancers wearing bright kimonos that sway to the beats of the taiko drums. The City of San Jose throws its own festival where people can come honor their ancestors together. Obon is a festival measured in the lunar calendar and it happens on the 15th day of the 7th or 8th month of the year.

A Time for Reflection
Memorializing your ancestors also gives you the opportunity to reflect on the state of your own life. When you remember those who have past, it allows you to see and appreciate all of the good aspects of your current situation. Each year, the festival Obon encourages people to stop and take some time to really look around and see how special life really is.

Whether you want to find a place to honor your loved ones or are just in the mood for some authentic Japanese tepan-yaki cuisine, House of Genji is here for you. With meals cooked right at your table and a menu full of delicious items like sushi, we are the perfect location for any kind of occasion. To learn more about our menu and our services, visit us online or call (408) 453-8120.

A Look at Japanese National Holidays

If you love Japanese culture, celebrating the national holidays helps you enjoy some of your favorite elements of it even when you are thousands of miles from the influential island nation. Keep reading for a look at some of Japan’s national holidays so you can make plans to celebrate:

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National Foundation Day
Japan celebrates its National Foundation Day, or kenkoku kinenbi, on February 11. This national holiday celebrates the crowning of the first Japanese emperor in the year 660 BCE.

Doll’s Festival
On March 3, Japan celebrates the Doll Festival, which is also called the Hina Matsuri. Families place dolls and peach blossoms around the house to encourage their daughters to have full and happy lives. Although the origins of this festival come from Chinese custom, the Japanese celebrate it with sake and chirashi sushi.

Constitution Day
May 3 is Constitution Day in Japan. This holiday, or kenpo kinenbi, commemorates the new Japanese constitute, which was established after the end of the Second World War. Many Japanese people spend time going to lectures to learn more about the constitution and how it changed the country.

Respect for the Aged Day
Respect for the Aged Day, or keiro no hi, is a national holiday that occurs on the third Monday in September. The Japanese reserve this day to pay special attention and respect to their elderly and to celebrate the longevity of a life well lived.

Labour Thanksgiving Day
Kinro kansha no hi, or Labour Thanksgiving Day happens on November 23 and gives Japanese people a chance to honor their effort and labour throughout the year.

If you are looking for the perfect place to celebrate Japanese national holidays in San Jose, come to House of Genji for authentic-style teppan-yaki style cooking. We also have sushi and other Japanese favorites. Our food and atmosphere create the perfect dining environment for any occasion. For more information on our menu or our location, visit us online or call (408) 453-8120.

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