ぐい呑み "Gui-Nomi" & 盃 "Sakazuki" - Sake Cups for the Gulp-Drinkers!
Gui-Nomi which translates to “Gulp-Drinking” is a sake glass similar to Ochoko. Gui-Nomi is also a sake set designed for appreciating sake, but it is deeper than Ochoko and has a slightly larger caliber. Unlike Ochoko, glasses for sipping slowly, Gui-Nomi is generally used to drink "in big gulps". It is a sakeware that is often used when enjoying sake in a casual setting, such as drinking at home.
Gui-Nomi glasses are also designed in various shapes and materials, making them a huge appeal amongst the traditional crafts collectors and true sake lovers.
The clear distinction between Ochoko and Gui-Nomi lies in their size. Most of the Ochoko is small enough to fit on top of the palm, and its capacity is about 1.4 oz to 2 oz. It is a size suitable for one little sip.
On the other hand, Gui-Nomi is one size larger than Ochoko, and slightly smaller than a rice bowl. There is no specific capacity, however, it’s best to choose a size that allows you to comfortably gulp at a quicker speed. Another difference is that while Ochoko is accustomed to be poured from sake pitchers, Gui-Nomi is often poured directly from sake bottles.
"Sakazuki" is a wide-mouthed, flat sake cup. It has an ancient history of being used at Shinto rituals and ceremonies to enjoy and appreciate the drink.
The way you formally hold this cup is to lift it to the mouth with two hands: one holds the bottom of the cup and the other hand holds it on one side. Our Sakazuki cups are designed to carry the most amount of flavors while pleasing the eyes of the beholders.