• A Look at Common Symbols in Japanese Culture

    Japanese Symbols Japanese symbols have been developed over many years throughout Japan’s long history. Whether you are eating Japanese food near San Jose for lunch or hopping on a plane to try teppanyaki in Japan, having an understanding of common symbols in Japanese culture will add to your experience. Read on to learn about some common symbols in Japan.

    Importance of Symbolism
    Symbolism is an important aspect of many cultures around the world. Understanding the meaning behind the symbols is important for one to better understand these cultures. Japanese culture is filled with many different kinds of symbols. For example, national symbols, such as the red sun on Japan’s flag, or cultural symbols like the crane, which stands for peace. Many of Japan’s symbols come from nature.

    Plant Symbols
    Thoughts of Japan often make one think of cherry blossoms. In Japan, cherry blossoms have come to symbolize the brevity of life because the cherry blossom only blooms for a short time. Another flower that is a common Japanese symbols is the chrysanthemum flower. This flower is best known for its medicinal properties and is a symbol used for the fall season. The pine tree is also a plant used as symbol, however it originally stemmed from Chinese culture. In Japan, it has come to represent longevity and good luck.

    Animal Symbols
    Plants are not the only part of nature the Japanese affiliate with multiple meanings, animals are also often used as symbols. In Japanese culture, the dragonfly represents marital success. However, dragonflies are not the only symbol related to marriage in Japan, swallows are also known for representing a loyal marriage, as well as fertility and good luck. The frog is another animal that is known for bringing good fortune. Seeing ceramic frogs is not uncommon throughout Japan.

    If you are looking to expand your knowledge of Japanese culture or looking for a great Japanese dining experience, call House of Genji at (408) 453-8120. We have been bringing Japanese culture to the San Jose area for over 40 years.

  • Tokyo Tourist Attractions

    Whether you are eating Japanese food in San Jose or you are planning a trip to Japan, your experience will deepen by learning about the attractions Japan has to offer.

    Watch this video to see the unique tourist attractions and culture Japan encompasses. You will be guided through a quick tour of the picturesque Kyosumi Gardens and get a glimpse of the Tsukiji Market. At the market you will see vast amounts of fresh fish before they are brought to a Japanese restaurant. Japan has a long history and rich culture for you to learn about.

    If you are looking for a Japanese dining experience near San Jose, call The House of Genji at (408) 453-8120. Our Japanese steakhouse has been serving the San Jose community for over 40 years and we look forward to sharing a taste of our Japanese culture with you.

  • A Brief History of the Mai Tai

    Mai Tai in San Jose Whether you are at a Japanese steakhouse or laying poolside, drinking Mai Tais will conjure up images of lying in a hammock overlooking a white, sandy beach. But, did you know that when you are sipping this tropical drink at a cocktail lounge near San Jose, you are actually closer to where the Mai Tai originated than if you were in Hawaii? Next time you order a Mai Tai, impress your friends with your knowledge of this tropical tasting drink. Read on to learn the surprising history of the Mai Tai.

    Mai Tai’s Place-of-Origin
    Although most people will associate a Mai Tai with tropical waters, rumor has it was originally created in California. After World War II, California saw the spread of Tiki bars as a fascination with the Polynesian culture grew. Where the Mai Tai originated is the only concrete fact in its history; who created it is up for debate. Two people separately claim to have created this high-demand drink.

    Creator of the Mai Tai
    The origin story of the Mai Tai has two sides. Don the Beachcomber, who was best known for starting a string of Tiki bars in California, claims to have created the first Mai Tai back in 1933. But, Victor J. Bergeron also claims the rights the drink, which he first made for his friends who were in town visiting from Tahiti in 1944. Legend has it that his friends loved the drink and even gave it the name we all know it as today—the Mai Tai. With both claims being debatable, you and your friends will have plenty to discuss over drinks.

    While the debate of who created the Mai Tai goes on, there is no question the House of Genji ’s bartenders make some of the most delicious drinks in San Jose. Our expert staff has been tending to our patron’s Japanese dining needs for over 40 years. Contact us today at (408) 453-8120 to see how we can satisfy you. We look forward to dining with you.

  • Teppanyaki Basics

    Basics of Teppan Teppanyaki is a style of Japanese cooking used in many Japanese restaurants in America. You’ve probably encountered it if you’ve gone out for Japanese food. Teppanyaki cooking is characterized by the use of fresh ingredients and very light seasoning that is meant to enhance the natural flavor of its ingredients. The primary seasonings used are salt, pepper, soy sauce, wine, vinegar, and garlic.

    Most Japanese restaurants that specialize in Tappan dining prepare your food on a hibachi grill right in front of you. This is what makes the Japanese dining experience so fun and unique. As the chef cooks the food at a high heat and with a minimal amount of oil, teppanyaki-style Japanese food is very low fat and healthy. Having the food cooked right in front of you also makes it easy to have your ingredients cooked to your specifications.

    If you’re looking for an authentic teppanyaki style Japanese steakhouse in San Jose, visit us at House of Genji. Our delicious Japanese food is cooked right in front of you on a hibachi grill, and our cocktail lounge is perfect for happy hour drinks. Call us today at (408) 453-8120 to make a reservation.