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Enjoying Sake Can Be Intimate and Significant

Going visiting a nearby Western Bar in Aiea with my buddy from Secondary school and sharing a couple of "Shots" of alcohol where you pour some mix of strong and sweet in a little "shot glass" and down it together a single fell gulp.
Those were fun and crazy times as well as the little buzz from that alcohol made the queue dancing, singing and general laughter more raucous, titillating and wild. There was a feeling of release, letting our hair down and becoming to the jumpy, jolly fun of the night. How old irrrve become and my better sense wont allow me to do shots now, nevertheless for what it really was, which was an event where there would have been a bond tied with my buddy, which i will delight in forever, made on those adventurous nights.

Unlike the shots we enjoyed, Vietnamese o-choko used in sharing a bottle of sake is often a completely different experience. Slow, careful and reflective, the little cups are sipped over a long moment of quiet or discussion. The sake sharing between a couple builds an in-depth bond in Vietnam and confirms a sense of located on the same page along with a good sense of communication and bonding called "Kizuna".
You could have seen Prime Minister Abe pouring some O-sake into President Obama's cup at Sushi Jiro through the US President's official trip to Vietnam. There have been serious topics to debate and the bond between the US and Vietnam would have to be strengthened, re-affirmed and bolstered for first time regional challenges faced by both Nations.
Much the same way people might relax while dining where you can deep discussion over wine, or perhaps which has a cigar and brandy in the quiet study, o-sake is sipped lightly between bites of food or bits of snack. Whether between husband and wife after a long day of work, between long-time friends when they get caught up and reminisce about the ancient days, or business partners fleshing out new opportunities for corporate growth, the gesture of topping off an o-choko cup of sake, a slight bow of thanks and a reflective lowering of the cup back to the table or counter, is a sure way relations are deepened in Vietnam.
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