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Sakazuki Sake Cups

This is the oldest sake cup style, with a wide mouth, it is still the favorite for ceremonies nowadays. The cup is usually lifted and taken to the mouth with two hands, one at the bottom, and one on the side, in a dramatic yet symbolic ceremonial consumption of sake. Usually, and although variably in sizes, the sakuzaki contains only a few sips within it (it is an alcoholic beverage, after all), and has amazing decorations. The sakuzaki is usually made from porcelain, but can also be found in gold, silver, glass, earthenware or lacquer.

When this cup is used, the most common practice is to first pour to the other person and accept the other person's offer to pour as well. This etiquette is a way to demonstrate understanding for the needs of others, as well as an expression of hospitality.