• Sake Mixology: The Saketini

    When preparing Japanese food, you should also find the perfect Japanese cocktail to pair with the meal. Sake is a very popular drink that can be found in almost any Japanese restaurant, and it complements most Japanese food.

    Watch this video to learn how to make a cocktail called a saketini. The drink is a unique and creative twist on the traditional martini, using sake instead of vermouth.

    If you’re looking for a fun and stylish cocktail lounge in San Jose that also serves sushi and delicious Japanese food, come see us at House of Genji. Our Japanese dining cocktail lounge has a great happy hour, and serves beer, wine, spirits, and creative cocktails. To learn more about our Japanese restaurant, call us today at (408) 453-8120.

  • Tips for Enjoying Yakiniku

    Yakiniku is a method of cooking meat or vegetables on a hibachi grill in a home or Japanese restaurant. In Japan, the work “yakiniku” means grilled meat, and the style of cooking is considered Japanese barbeque. This method of grilling actually originated in Korea, however, before becoming popular in Japan. Here are some tips for enjoying Yakiniku-style Japanese dining at your favorite Japanese steakhouse.

    Be Familiar with the Types of Meat Offered

    If you’re familiar with Japanese food, you won’t be as overwhelmed by the variety of meats available. If it’s your first time trying yakiniku, or Japanese food in general, you should order meats that you’re familiar with, such as rosu, which is thin slices of beef; karubi, which is boneless beef short ribs; harami, which is very tender beef; butabara, which is pork belly; or tontoro, which is fatty pork meat. If you’re a more adventurous eater, you can try tan, which is beef tongue; horumon, which is pig organ meat; or reba, which is beef liver.

    Know How to Cook Each Meat

    The best part about yakiniku at a Japanese restaurant is that you get to cook your own Japanese food. The meat is sliced very thin, so it should be cooked quickly on the high heat of the hibachi grill. Only grill one or two slices of meat at a time, and do not continuously flip the meat over as you cook it.

    Order Vegetables and a Finishing Dish

    You can also order fresh vegetables to cook with your meat. The vegetables add different textures and flavors that complement the meat. A finishing dish is usually rice or noodles, and it balances out the strong flavors of the meat once the meal is over.

    If you’re interested in exploring Japanese dining in San Jose, come see us at House of Genji. Our elegant Japanese restaurant also features a sophisticated cocktail lounge, and our expert chefs prepare the finest Japanese food in the area. To make a reservation or to learn more about our menu, call us today at (408) 453-8120.

  • A Look at the Japanese Winter Light Festival

    If you’re planning a trip to Japan during the winter, you’ll have the opportunity to experience amazing Japanese restaurants, entertainment, and cultural events. One such event is the amazing Japanese Winter Light Festival. Here is a look at the key details of the festival, and why you won’t want to miss it during your trip.

    Where and When the Festival is Held

    The Winter Light Festival is held annually at the Nabana no Sato botanical garden. The botanical garden is on the southern island of Nagashima, and is part of the Nagashima Onsen resort. The resort features spas, hot springs, a beer garden, shopping, and fine French, Italian, and Japanese restaurants. The festival runs between the middle of November to the end of March. Nabana no Sato is open Monday to Friday, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and on weekends and holidays from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

    What You’ll See When You Visit

    The festival has a theme every year; in past years, the themes were nature and Japanese animation. Every year, the festival uses around seven million LED lights to create stunning displays. The famous Tunnel of Light display uses 1.2 million lights, and has a different design every year. One year the design was “cherry blossoms in winter”, and the tunnel looked as though it was surrounded with beautiful cherry blossoms. Other displays include 18-meter illuminated fir trees, water illuminations, and cloud lights.

    Other Attractions in the Area

    In addition to the Japanese dining, shopping, and spa activities at the Nagashima Onsen resort, there are a number of other exciting attractions in the area. You can visit the nearby Mitsui Outlet Park, the Nagoya Anpan-man Kodomo Museum, and the Yuami no Shima spa.

    At House of Genji, we offer guests authentic Japanese food in San Jose. Our talented chefs prepare delicious Japanese food right in front of you on hibachi grills, and our cocktail lounge features unique, creative drinks in a stylish atmosphere. To learn more about the menu or location of our Japanese restaurant, call us today at (408) 453-8120.

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  • The Essentials of Using Chopsticks

    If you are planning on going to eat at a Japanese restaurant, it might be time to learn how to use chopsticks. While most restaurants offer forks and knives as well, knowing the proper utensil etiquette will create a more authentic Japanese dining experience.

    Watch this video to see a step-by-step demonstration of how to use chopsticks. Although it is best to learn this technique as a child, if you practice these steps, you will be eating at a Japanese restaurant gracefully in no time! All you need is a pair of chopsticks and some sushi.

    Are you ready to test out your newly acquired chopstick skills? If so, come on down to House of Genji. Call us today at (408) 453-8120 to hear about the menu items at our Japanese restaurant in San Jose.