• A Taste Bud-Friendly Tour of Japanese Street Cuisine [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Like many places these days, Japan has a thriving culture of street food. Throughout Japan, people line up at the tables, trucks, and stands of vendors for a variety of sweet and savory food options. Some popular street foods might be recognizable from your favorite Japanese restaurant. For instance, yakitori—chicken skewers—aren’t unusual to find in a Japanese restaurant, but the ones served on the streets of Japan may also contain chicken livers and skin. Ramen, or noodle soup with a variety of toppings, may also be familiar and is extremely popular in Japan. Other street foods, like takoyaki, or fried octopus, might be more surprising. Learn more about Japanese dining on the go in this infographic from House of Genji. When you’re hungry for teppanyaki or other Japanese specialties, choose our Japanese restaurant serving San Jose. Get your friends fired up for a tasty and fun Japanese meal by sharing this information with them.

  • Surprising Facts about Japan

    Japan is home to a beautiful and rich culture full fine arts, delicious food, and a rich history. Many people know a little something about Japan, and others may think they know. Here are a few facts about Japan that you may never have heard before:

    Facts about Japan Japan is home to a spiritual and artistic form of flower arranging.
    Japan has a vibrant art history and collection of art forms, including paintings, calligraphy, weaving, and pottery. Ikebana , the Japanese art of flower arrangement, incorporates the flower’s stems and leaves, and emphasizes form. The practice is usually done in a minimalist manner, and is performed in silence as it is highly spiritual and meant to allow the practitioner to appreciate and feel a closeness with nature.

    Japanese cuisine is very diverse and seasonal
    Japan has a varied cuisine, ranging from staples such as rice and noodles to stewed dishes and sushi. Japanese cuisine often reflects the country’s seasonal fruits and vegetables, and Japanese restaurant menus usually change in accordance with the time of the year. Japanese cuisine incorporates many different cooking styles and meal preparations, including pickling, boiling and steaming, as well as the use of a hibachi, a small cooking stove heated by charcoal that is found in teppanyaki restaurants.

    Japanese nightlife is fueled by bars with no seating
    Standing Bars, or Tachinomiya , are bars in Japan that offer no seating but are the perfect space for a quick drink. These are easy to find in Osaka and Tokyo, and the traditional establishments are gaining popularity. Newer, trendier standing bars are also popping up around the older ones in Japan. They are generally inexpensive.

    To get a taste of Japanese food in San Jose, as well as an elegant and memorable dining experience, come visit House of Genji. We have refreshing salads, soups, cocktails, sweets, and an artful display of Teppan dining right before your eyes. Give us a call at (408) 453-8120 to reserve your table today!

  • Kyoto, Now and Forever

    Kyoto lies on western Honshu, the main island of Japan, and was once the capital of the country. A beautiful and timeless city, Kyoto is home to much history and culture. As night falls, Kyoto lights up and becomes a wonderland of Japanese restaurants and nightlife. You may be surprised to know that you can find this style of Japanese dining in San Jose.

    Watch this video to explore some of what Kyoto has to offer. The city, though considered a metropolitan and contemporary space, also reflects a rich Japanese culture throughout. Some of the most mesmerizing Buddhist temples can be found here, as well as so much more for those willing to explore.

    If you would like to have a memorable Japanese dining experience, visit Japanese steakhouse and cocktail lounge House of Genji in San Jose. Please give us a call at (408) 453-8120. We will take you on a culinary trip to Kyoto!

  • A Look at the Drinking Culture of Japan

    It might be surprising to learn that Tokyo is actually considered one of the world’s cocktail capitals. Japanese nightlife and drinking culture brings together respectful service, drinks crafted with herbs and spices, eclectic décor, and reasonable prices. Here’s a breakdown of some popular Japanese drinks.

    Sake is a brewed beverage that is made from fermented rice and can be served either hot or cold. It is served in a small ceramic cup and can range from drier to sweeter flavors, with an alcohol content between 13%-17%. Sake is sometimes infused with other flavors as well, such as vanilla or coconut.

    Popular Japanese Cocktails in San Jose Shochu
    Another popular alcoholic beverage in Japan, Shochu is a distilled spirit like vodka, whiskey or rum. Shochu can be mixed with juice or soda, or served straight. The alcohol content of shochu might be anywhere between 25% and 60%. Shochu is made from tubers or grains that have been fermented and distilled. The most popular varieties include those made from rice, barley, sweet potatoes, and black sugar.

    There is a growing number of breweries in Japan, including microbrews that are rising in popularity thanks to their appearance in popular restaurants. Beer served in Japanese restaurants is typically served in bottles or on draft as opposed to in cans. Some breweries offer seasonal beers, such as Kirin’s Akiaji .

    Classic mixed drinks such as mai-tais and martinis can be found in a Japanese cocktail lounge, though Japan has also put its own twist on several of these drinks. For example, a “Tokyo Mojito” uses ramune, a carbonated lemon-lime soda and sake, and a “Sakerita,” a new take on the traditional margarita, uses sake and comes in exotic flavors.

    House of Genji is a Japanese restaurant serving San Jose that offers guests the chance to taste a great Japanese cocktail in a relaxing, elegant environment. For more information, contact us online or at (408) 453-8120.

  • A Beginner’s Guide to Teppanyaki

    Teppanyaki in San Jose If you are interested in trying Japanese food in San Jose, learning about teppanyaki is a great way to make the most out of your Japanese dining experience. Teppanyaki is more than just a style of Japanese cooking—it is an experience.

    Teppan translates in English to steel plate, while yaki means to fry, boil, or sear. The teppanyaki experience places dinners around a large stainless steel grill where they watch their food be masterfully prepared by a teppanyaki chef. These chefs expertly put on a show with their cooking utensils as they make delicious meals of meat and vegetables with precision.

    If you are looking for more than a just another night out and want to experience a grilling show that is fun for everyone, call House of Genji at (408) 453-8120. We look forward to providing you with delicious food and entertainment.