Nowadays, social environment is changing, and because of health conditions, drinking games are not officially held anymore.
In Japanese History, recorded drinking games exist.
It means Japanese people have loved to drink a lot and warm up from old times to now.
In the early modern period, the most famous drinking game was on August 10th in 1648 in Kawasaki Daishikawahara (the name of the place). “Battle” was East team VS West team. The East team was composed of 17 people while the West team only had 14 of them.
A fierce struggle with both teams, but in the end, the winner was East team. The leader of the East team named Shunsaku Ibaraki wrote [Suichouki] this drinking game to be recorded.
Historically, the record for sake drinking was over 35 liters. This record is held by Rihei Koiya, at Ryougokuyanagibashi Drinking game on March 23rd, 1817. Isn’t it crazy how much he could handle? It was Amazing.
The best way to enjoy Sake’s taste is to drink slowly while eating delicious food, for example in an izakaya or even a bar. But in the old ages, Japanese people liked to drink a lot just for fun.
For your health, it is recommended to drink sake adequately just be happy. (ie: don’t drink to much, alcohol can be dangerous, please drink responsibly)
Japanese Ochoko (Small cup to drink sake) is sized like a shot glass. Sometimes, instead of sipping it slowly, you can drink like a shot! It is fun with friends, but don’t forget to enjoy the taste and be responsible.
Historical Source: Shibatashoten co, ltd Takeo Koizumi [Nihonshu Hyakumi Hyakudai]