This beautiful Sake bottle made from porcellain is a must-have when offering sake tour your guests. Their diminutive nature is by design, though, as it doesn’t leave much time for chilled sake to get warm and vice versa. Moreover, in Japan it’s customary for drinkers to fill and refill each other’s cups with these small bottles. So, small bottles mean more filling and more social interaction.
These kind of bottles, the Tokkuri, are probably the most symbolic bottles for sake; the universal depiction of sake is an ochoko and tokkuri carafe, after all. No matter what phone or computer you’re using, calling up the “sake” emoji will almost certainly give you this iconic pair. The prevalence of the ochoko and tokkuri set often leads to the mistaken impression that they’re the original sake vessels, but their introduction in the Edo period was actually relatively recent.