On May 9, 2017, Niigata Prefecture, the Niigata Sake Brewers Association, and Niigata University entered into a partnership agreement with the objectives of establishing Sakeology as an academic discipline covering a broad variety of cultural and scientific fields related to sake, and contributing to Niigata’s establishment and development as an international center of Sakeology study. A year later, in April of 2018, Niigata University established the Niigata University Sakeology Center based on this agreement. The Center takes advantage of Niigata University’s strengths as a university, drawing upon teachers from extensive research and education fields across all of the University’s faculties. Niigata Prefecture and the Niigata Sake Brewers Association lend their strength, as well, to assist in the Center’s efforts toward education, research, sharing information, and international exchange related to sake.
What Is Sakeology?
Sakeology is a brand-new academic discipline, featuring extensive learning covering a cross-disciplinary focus specifically on sake, which is rooted in much of Japan’s culture and traditions.
Our Sakeology education encourages systematic cross-disciplinary understanding of sake, with not just classroom study, but also independent problem-solving through practical training and seminars.
Students acquire knowledge and skills related to the raw materials (such as water and rice suited to brewing sake) and microorganisms involved in brewing and fermenting, learn about the distribution and sales systems involved in delivering sake to consumers, and fields related to marketing.
Students also learn about how climate and natural features affect brewing, and other topics related to regional characteristics, such as geographical indications, as well as studying history, sake taxation, brewing equipment, how best to enjoy sake, health effects of sake, and other various topics related to sake.
Sakeology research not only encompasses the existing fields of brewing and fermentation, but expands beyond them with research focused on fields related to sake, for research findings that are shared far and wide, both domestically and internationally.
We work to establish Niigata University as the world’s first center for the study of Sakeology, an academic discipline dedicated to the systematic study of sake.
The fields of specialization shown above are just a few examples.
By taking advantage of Niigata University’s strengths as a university for cross-disciplinary scholarship,
as well as practical training and seminars at places like brewing companies and sake shops for independent problem-solving-based learning,
we are able to establish an academic discipline that extends well beyond conventional study of brewing and fermentation. Through multifaceted study of sake, a significant part of Japan’s traditional culture, students can acquire the knowledge and education to become international human resources capable of playing roles throughout Japan and worldwide.