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Your Guide to Summertime Japanese Holidays


When you dine at House of Genji, you get to experience the wonderful flavors found in Japanese cuisine. But food is only part of the Japanese culture and many diners wish to learn more about the culture whose cuisine they enjoy so much! Learn about summertime Japanese holidays to quench your cultural thirst before your next meal:

Constitution Day
Occurring on May 3rd, this may not be an official summer holiday but it is close to the season! Constitution Day was created to remember the new Japanese constitution that became official following World War II. It is customary to think about the state of political affairs and contemplate the government’s role in helping its people on Constitution Day.

Tanabata or Star Festival
This annual event celebrates two deities, Orihime and Hikoboshi, and the love they shared when they met. Starting on July 7th, Tanabata, also known as the Star Festival, runs for many days throughout July and August. Customs for this special festival include writing down wishes and creating poetry. People often attach their wishes and poetry to bamboo decorations that are either sent floating or burned following festival activities.

Following Buddhist customs, Obon is a ceremonial time of year when Japanese people honor their deceased loved ones and ancestors. Some people celebrate Obon on July 15th while others wait until August 15th. Obon festivities typically last for three days, featuring many different activities that honor and show respect for the deceased. It is normal for Obon festivities to end with a beautiful display of fireworks.

Respect for the Aged Day
One of the last summer holidays celebrated in Japan in the Respect for the Aged Day. This holiday was once celebrated on September 15th but is now held on the third Monday of September each year. This is a time for individuals and communities to celebrate the lives and accomplishments of the elderly.

Now it is time to enjoy some sushi! House of Genji offers an assortment of Japanese dishes, including sushi, sashimi, and more. Contact us at (408) 453-8120 for more information about our San Jose sushi restaurant.

Understanding Different Cuts of Steak

What cut of steak do you prefer? Different cuts come from different parts of the cow, resulting in a wide variety of textures, flavors, and other culinary elements. Knowing about the characteristics of different cuts of steak can help you figure out which cuts you prefer and which ones you should order during your next sushi and steak meal!

As you will see in this video, certain cuts tend to be tenderer than others. That is because these cuts feature muscles that do not do much work. Other cuts feature muscles that work a lot, but these cuts can be made tenderer with the proper cooking techniques.

Enjoy the two great culinary worlds by dining on sushi and steak here at House of Genji. Check out our menus on our website or call us at (408) 453-8120 for more information about our lunch and dinner options.

Spotlight on House of Genji's Can't-Miss Side Orders

When you dine at House of Genji, you get to choose from a variety of delectable dishes! Not only do diners enjoy our main dishes and sushi options; they also love ordering our tasty side dishes. Learn about some of our side dishes before planning your next meal with us:

Bowl of edamame with chopsticks

This tasty side dish is a must-have in any sushi restaurant. Edamame refers to young soybeans that are boiled while still in their pods. The age of these delicious treats keep them soft, making them easy to eat as a side dish while enjoying enticing sushi. Restaurants typically serve sprinkle salt on the edamame and serve it before or alongside the meal.

Indulge in something a little more substantial by choosing our age-gyoza. These classic Japaense pot stickers typically feature a meat such as ground pork, Chinese cabbage, mushroom, and spices all wrapped inside gyoza wrappers and fried to a beautiful golden-brown color. We serve our age-gyoza with a soy and rice vinegar dipping sauce.

Panko Wing
If you are new to the world of sushi, you can find something familiar by ordering our panko wing side dish. Enjoy tender and juicy chicken wings that are breaded and deep fried for a delicious taste and unbeatable crunch. Make the most of your panko wings by dipping them in our spicy sauce or tonkatsu sauce.

Ahi Tataki
Start your sushi experience with our mouthwatering ahi tataki side dish. We start with sliced and seared ahi tuna and dip it in an enticing ginger-soy sauce. The ahi tuna is served with a special sauce to create an even more delectable flavor for diners.

Uma-Uma Combo
Are you having trouble ordering a side dish? Try more than one option with our uma-uma combo! This wonderful dish combines our fresh edamame with our crispy age-gyoza and delicious deep fried calamari for a dish that serves two to four diners.

Discover other delectable side dishes by dining at House of Genji! Take a look at our website for more information about our side dishes and other menu options. Learn more about our San Jose sushi restaurant by calling us at (408) 453-8120.

How to Make Your Regular Sushi Order Even Healthier

Sushi is known for being a healthy choice. That is why it has become so popular among diners of all ages! But not every sushi dish is the best choice for a healthy meal. Knowing what to order and what to steer clear of will help you choose a healthy meal during your next outing to a sushi restaurant:


Start With Healthy Sides

Filling your meal with a variety of healthy items will ensure that you feel satisfied without feeling uncomfortably full. That is why it is a good idea to start with some healthy side dishes or appetizers. Start off by ordering a nutrient-rich salad or warm and filling soup or stick to a refreshing order of edamame.

Load Up on Nigiri and Sashimi

Sushi comes in many different forms, with some being simple and others being more complex. Sashimi is the simplest type of sushi as it is only cuts of raw fish typically served with a side of rice. Nigiri is slightly more complicated, combining a piece of raw fish with a small rice paddy. Sushi rolls are the most complex, combining raw fish, rice, and other ingredients inside seaweed wraps. Keep your meal healthier by loading up on nigiri and sashimi.

Share More Elaborate Rolls With Fellow Diners

When it comes to sushi rolls, some are classic and others are modern creations that set sushi restaurants apart from their competition. If you plan to order any of these newer and more elaborate rolls, consider sharing them with the rest of your table. Some of these fancier rolls can contain more calories and sharing them with your friends or family will help you avoid over-indulging.

Consider Vegetarian Options

If you want to order more sushi but do not want to add too many more calories, look to some of the vegetarian options. Fish is known for its health benefits, but it also contains more calories than many vegetables found in vegetarian rolls and sushi dishes.

House of Genji offers an assortment of delicious sushi options and other Japanese delicacies. Contact us at (408) 453-8120 to learn about our healthy menu options and start planning your next Japanese meal. 

How Seaweed Boosts Your Health

Sushi combines an assortment of healthy ingredients to create a truly tasty dish that is good for the body and the mind! Fish and vegetables are not the only healthy elements you will find in sushi; you can also benefit from eating the seaweed typically found around sushi rolls.

As you will see in this video, seaweed is packed with nutrients that make it an incredibly healthy ingredient. Chowing down on sushi rolls featuring seaweed will fill you up with omega-3 fatty acids as well as vitamins A, C, and magnesium.

Start taking advantages of seaweed’s many health benefits by enjoying lunch or dinner here at House of Genji. Our sushi menu features many different delicious options full of fresh, healthy, and tasty ingredients. Get more information by calling us at (408) 453-8120.

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