• 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.