The Japanese believe that drinking Sake is one of the finer pleasures in life, and in order to enjoy it to the fullest the Sake bottle you pour from and the Sake cup you pour into should be as beautiful or as interesting as possible. Handmade, hand-painted Sake bottles and cups are made all over Japan, in a tremendous variety of shapes, sizes, and colors. A delicious Sake is even better when it is sipped from a fabulous Sake Set that delights the eye as well as the palate. (A famous Japanese proverb is “Me de taberu.” “Eat with the eyes first, THEN with the palate. The same could be said for drinking sake.)
We take great pleasure in searching for the most beautiful, unique Sake Sets we can find. Below is our selection of some of the finest Sake ceramics, from handmade Mashiko Pottery to antique ceramic.
Sake can be sipped both hot or ice cold, so it is a wonderful way to warm up in the winter, or cool off in the summer. Some of our personal favorite Sake brands are Kurosawa (like the Japanese Director), Harushika (Spring Deer), and Onigoroshi (Demon Killer), to name just a few. But there are hundreds of different types of Sake, so find the one you love and sip it with friends!
By the way, if you want to impress the chef at your local Japanese restaurant, learn how to pronounce the word “Sake” correctly. It’s NOT pronounced “Saki” like the word “key”, but rather like the “ke” sound in the word “kettle”. “Sa-ke”, with equal emphasis on each syllable.
A Sake bottle’s liquid capacity is measured by the word “Go”. An “Ichi-Go” Sake bottle is a normal size, and a standard measure. We have some Sake bottles larger than that that are “Ni-Go” containers; in other words they will hold twice as much Sake as the “Ichi-Go” bottle.