What is Sake?
Sake, also referred to as Japanese rice wine, is Japan’s national beverage. It is an alcoholic beverage made from fermented rice. Japanese people drink sake both at home and when out at restaurants and bars. Sake is particularly associated with a casual style of bar in Japan called izakaya. Sake is also served at special ceremonies and is gently warmed in a small decanter called a tokkuri, and sipped from a small cup called a sakazuki. It may also be served Overflowing into the masu (the square wooden box) which traditionally signals the wealth and generosity of the restaurant. The sake in the masu is also intended for drinking.