An oriental meal was had at our home this evening…
The table was set Japanese style, complete with chopsticks, placed in the correct area on the table (pointy bits facing left) and a sake jar and cup.
Sake, also known as Nihonshu (Japanese: 日本酒), is a rice-based alcoholic beverage of Japanese origin. It is sometimes spelled saké to show the pronunciation more clearly.
Sake is also referred to in English as a form of rice wine. However, unlike true wine, in which alcohol is produced by fermenting the sugar naturally present in fruit, sake is made through a brewing process more like that of beer, thus it is more like a rice brew than a rice wine.
I was reading a little about Japanese cuisine and dining etiquette and found it very interesting indeed; in case you are interested: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_cuisine