Common sake cups are hirahai, ochoko and guinomi. Among these, hirahai is the one which is considered to make you feel the original characteristics and the profound taste of sake.
It is a shallow cup like a small plate, has a wide mouth, and is especially suitable for warmed sake to savor the aroma. The wide mouth lets the aroma of sake arising and spreading more softly and slowly than ochoko and pouring sake from a wide mouth creates various kinds of tastes so that you can enjoy and savor both the aroma and the tastes.
A stylish way to drink sake from a hirahai is, as for women, to wrap their hands around it, and as for men, to hold it in their left hands and drink sake at a gulp with a folk song of Fukuoka called Kurodabushi coming into their mind. By the way, it is said that men use left hands to hold a hirahai so that their right hands can draw a sword.