• 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:

    Miniature Flag of Japan (Isolated)

    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.

  • Spotlight on Protein-Packed Tofu

    Tofu is an important staple of many vegetarian diets because it is full of healthy protein. This soy product is also very low in fat, which makes it a great addition to any diet. There is also research that shows tofu can lower cholesterol and might even keep you from developing some kinds of cancers.

    Researchers have found that enough tofu in a diet can provide the same amount of protein, energy, fat, carbohydrates, alcohol, and fiber. It also can lower triglycerides and low-density lipoprotein. Tofu soaks up the flavor of sauces, which helps it enhance the taste of any dish.

    fresh tofu

    If you want to try some of the best tofu in San Jose, come to House of Genji. We have a great selection of  vegetarian options  with delicious tofu features. We also cater to meat eaters with teppan-yaki style steak and sushi. Come in to celebrate your next birthday or just enjoy a meal out. For more information, visit us online or call (408) 453-8120.

  • How to Serve and Drink Sake

    Sake is Japanese rice wine that comes with certain traditions for both serving and drinking it. If you are the host, you should hold the flask with both hands so that your palms face down and fill your guest’s cups in turn. Wait for one of your guest’s to serve you and hold your cup with one hand and support it with the other as it is being served.

    Most sake is served warm and it is meant to sip slowly. Do not drink it like a shot. Before you take your first sip, you can cheers by saying “kampei.” Learn more about drinking sake in this video.

    Practice your new sake skills at House of Genji. As one of the best teppan-yaki style restaurants in San Jose, we bring you great food in an even  greater atmosphere. Call (408) 453-8120 to learn more.

  • The Four Major Types of Sake

    Sake is a welcome addition to the Japanese diet and makes an appearance as regularly on special occasions as it does at regular weeknight dinners. Keep reading to learn more about the four basic kinds of sake so you know what to order the next time you visit a Japanese restaurant:

    Sake in Late Afternoon Sun

    This form of pure sake is not enriched with starches or sugars. It has no more alcohol added after it is brewed. When junmai is created, it requires a full 30% of the rice kernel to be milked and polished away. The finished beverages has a full body and more acidity than other sakes, but not a lot of fragrance. It has an explosive, puckering taste and is most often served hot.

    If you prefer a more fragrant, less assaulting flavor, you might like the taste of honjozo a little more than junmai. Although the tastes are similar, honjozo has a little more alcohol, which adds smoothness to the flavor.  This kind of sake is usually served  warm instead of hot.

    The rice is polished more thoroughly in ginjo sake than the previous types, which means that it has a lighter flavor with more complicated tastes. Ginjo is combined with a special yeast, which means it is fermented at lower temperatures. It is very fragrant and is ideal when it is served chilled.

    With even more polishing of the rice, daiginjo sake is significantly more fragrant than any other style. Most kinds of daiginjo sake are full-bodied and taste the best when they are served chilled.

    Come to San Jose’s  House of Genji  today to get your sake fix. While you are here, you can try out some of our authentic teppan-yaki style cuisine or choose some sashimi or rolls from our sushi menu. Whether you want to find a new favorite dinner spot or scope out the perfect birthday location, we are here for you. To learn more about our menu options, visit us online or call (408) 453-8120.