In Japan, the Obon season in mid-August is marked by dance festivals across the country. One of these festivals is Awa Odori. “Odori” means to dance and “Awa” is an old name for the Tokushima Prefecture, where the dance festival is held. It takes place from August 12-15. Thousands come every year to enjoy the “Fool’s Dance.” There are lots of activities during the daytime, and you can expect to find many Japanese food stalls scattered throughout the area.
The main dance event takes place during the evening hours. Groups of dancers, called “ren,” wear colorful uniforms and play musical instruments as they dance in a procession. The city center of Tokushima is turned into a huge dance arena with multiple stage platforms. Paid seating areas are for viewing professional groups of dancers, while free seating areas are for watching more casual dancers. If you plan to travel to Japan for the Awa Odori festival, you should book your hotel reservations months in advance, as this festival is very popular.
Even if you can’t travel to Japan, you can still enjoy authentic Japanese food right here in San Jose. Call (408) 453-8120 to request reservations at House of Genji, which offers teppanyaki.
The mai tai is a delicious cocktail reminiscent of the tropics. Every talented bartender who works in a cocktail lounge should know how to make this drink. There are many variations of the mai tai. Some people like to add pineapple juice, for example, and some add a little rock candy syrup.
As you’ll learn by watching the accompanying video, the base ingredients for the mai tai are Jamaican rum, rhum agricole, lime juice, and dry curacao. Mai tais should be served poured slowly into a full glass of crushed ice, and garnished with a fresh sprig of mint.
House of Genji is famous for fabulous drinks, and one of our specialties is the mai tai. Call our Japanese restaurant in San Jose at (408) 453-8120 to inquire about our cocktail lounge or request a reservation for an authentic Japanese dining experience.
Writing is usually only considered to be an art form when one is discussing works of fiction. But in some cases, the letters and words themselves can become dazzling artworks. The art of Japanese calligraphy has been practiced for centuries by people of all ages, of all social classes, and from all walks of life.
The High Regard for Accomplished Calligraphers
The Chinese and Japanese cultures alike regard calligraphy with great respect. Some hold it in higher esteem than sculptures and paintings. Pablo Picasso once said that if he had been Chinese, he would have become a calligrapher instead of a painter. And according to the China Institute, an ancient Chinese scholar is recorded as having said, “Calligraphy is images without real features, music without real sounds.” In Japan, you’ll find many homes with sets of calligraphy tools. In primary schools, calligraphy is a required subject. In Japan, calligraphy is regarded as being a practice of philosophies as much as an art form.
The History of Japanese Calligraphy
Japanese calligraphy is referred to as “shodo,” which means “the way of writing.” Shodo was introduced to Japan from China during the fifth century. Calligraphy became more widely used with the introduction of Buddhism, as it was used to print the Buddhist sutras. Copying these sutras by hand, rather than merely reading them, was used as a form of meditation. During the Heian Period, from 794 to 1185, shodo began to evolve and look distinctive from Chinese calligraphy. This deviation continued and expanded during subsequent centuries.
The Styles of Japanese Calligraphy
Three primary styles of shodo are practiced today. Kaisho is the standard or square style. It features “blocky” characters that most closely resemble Chinese calligraphy styles. Since it’s the easiest style to learn, most beginners start with kaisho. The second style, gyosho, is semi-cursive and more artistic, with strokes that flow together. Sosho is cursive and abstract. The strokes are done quickly and gracefully. There is an emphasis on aesthetics over legibility.
You can experience Japan’s rich cultural heritage at House of Genji. Join us for delicious, expertly prepared Japanese food in San Jose. If you have questions about our hibachi grill, cocktail lounge, or teppanyaki, call (408) 453-8120.
At House of Genji, we serve delicious Japanese food and drinks in an authentic Japanese dining environment. Whether you just want to enjoy appetizers and cocktails in our cocktail lounge, or if you want to take advantage of our full Japanese food menu in our dining room, you’ll have a wonderful night in our Japanese steakhouse.
Our menu features traditional Japanese food, and we specialize in fresh sushi and teppanyaki style dishes. Our skilled chefs cook your food right in front of you so that you can enjoy the spectacle of hibachi cooking. Our cocktail lounge serves a wide array of beer, wine, and spirits, as well as signature Japanese cocktails. We can accommodate large groups and parties, and are happy to host your next holiday event or special occasion. We also regularly offer specials and promotions to our customers.
If you’re interested in visiting the best Japanese steakhouse in San Jose, come dine with us at Genji Japanese Steakhouse and cocktails. Our Japanese restaurant and cocktail lounge is the most popular in the area for good reason. To make a reservation or inquire about our menu, call us today at (408) 453-8120.
As the holidays approach, you may be looking for a fun, unique place to celebrate with friends and family. Our beautiful Japanese restaurant and cocktail lounge in San Jose at Genji Japanese Steakhouse and Cocktails is the perfect place for a holiday gathering. We serve a variety of flavorful, authentic Japanese food, including fresh sushi, traditional Japanese appetizers and entrees, and desserts.
We provide a traditional Japanese dining experience for our guests. Your food will be prepared right in front of you on a teppanyaki grill by our experienced, talented chefs. Our stylish cocktail lounge serves an array of beer, wine, and creative cocktails. Our friendly, knowledgeable wait staff can handle large parties, and can accommodate any special dietary needs that you may have.
If you’re interested in learning more about our Japanese restaurant, delicious Japanese food menu, or reserving our dining room or cocktail lounge for your holiday party, contact one of our staff today at (408) 453-8120. We would be honored to be the site for your holiday gathering, and will go out of our way to give you the best Japanese dining experience in San Jose.
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