Snake Eye Sake

This sake glass has a set of rings and is symbolic of a snake eye, a superstition in Japan? I remember once I killed a snake in the mountains and my brother caught the finger of our friend in the car door on the way home from the forest – he believed that because I killed the snake, his hand was hit.

This is a kiki-cho-ku, or  tasting cup.The blue circles are used to determine the color and clarity and transparency of the sake – “snake eyes” is used because snakes have no eyelids and crystal clear vision.