Guinomi (Large Sake Cup)
Guinomi is one of sake vessels. The most plausible origin of the name comes from the Japanese word meaining “gulp”, or the word meaning “a cup which allows us to gulp abundant of sake”. There is no specific size, but generally, it is larger than ochoko (small sake cup) and smaller than a rice bowl. It has various types of shapes, including bowls, tea bowls and flat cups, and is made of cermaics, glass and other various materials. It also has disctinction of being versatile as used not just for sake but also for whisky and shochu.
With a larger guinomi, it takes time for sake to be consumed after being poured so that you can enjoy changes in the temperature and flavor of sake. It is interesting to find cold sake gradually becomes room temperature sake, and hot sake becomes lukewarm sake. To avoid temperature changes, a smaller cup should be used, so you can use different size of cups depending on your mood. It is elegant to hold a guinomi between your thumb and middle finger with your index finger attached to the cup so that the cup becomes stable.