Ginjo-shu is a type of sake that is well-known for its pleasant smell. With its full, rich flavor, it is most often enjoyed hot. This infographic from a Japanese steakhouse in San Jose has more information about sake.
Sake or Nihonshu, the so called "Japanese rice wine", is traditionally considered as a sacred alcoholic beverage. We have the custom to hit and break open the lid of a sake barrel by a wooden mallet, which is known as Kagami Biraki (open the mirror) to celebrate happy events, such as weddings, store opening events, ritual events held at shrines, and so on.