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Lecture Overview

Niigata University holds lectures on Sakeology, covering a broad variety of fields related to the culture and science surrounding sake, and these lectures are open to all students. Sakeology A-1 covers the fundamentals of sake, while Sakeology A-2 covers more advanced topics. Sakeology B is a practical course to further students’ understanding of sake.

  • Sakeology A-1 1st Term of 1st Semester Wednesday, 4th Period
  • Sakeology A-2 2nd Term of 1st Semester Wednesday, 4th Period
  • Sakeology B Intensive Course after 4th Term of Second Semester (Students must be at least 20 years old)

Notes:
1) Start dates may vary by academic year.
2) Starting with the 2017 academic year, Niigata University has transitioned to a system of quarters referred to as “terms.”

Sakeology A-1

Eligible Students

All Years, All Faculties

Overview

It goes without saying that Niigata is known as one of Japan’s leading sake producers. The prefecture leads Japan in number of sake breweries, which produce a diverse variety of sake. These Sakeology lectures cover a broad variety of fields related to the culture and science surrounding sake.
Sakeology A-1 covers the fundamentals of sake, while Sakeology A-2 covers more advanced topics.

Aim of the Class

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. Through multifaceted study of sake, students can acquire the knowledge and education to develop a greater appreciation of sake, and become human resources capable of sharing the appeal of sake with people throughout Japan and worldwide.

Study Achievement Targets

Students will aim to become able to explain matters related to Sakeology; able to provide fundamental explanations about the ingredients and methods used to produce sake; able to explain the regional characteristics, history, and culture surrounding sake; and able to explain proper etiquette for enjoying sake.

Prerequisites and Cautions Regarding Registration

In order to take Sakeology A-1, students must also register to take Sakeology A-2 afterward.

Class Details

1st Session:
Overview of Sakeology (Sakeology at Niigata University and Efforts by the Niigata Sake Industry), by Hitoshi Takahashi (Director, Niigata University) and Shunji Odaira(President, Niigata Sake Brewers Association)
2nd Session:
What Is Sake? Part 1: Alcoholic Drinks of the World Brewed from Rice, by Dai Hirata (Vice President, Niigata Sake Brewers Association) and Kazushi Suzuki (Professor, Niigata University)
3rd Session:
Sake Etiquette, by Hideo Watanabe (Assistant, Niigata University Faculty of Law)
4th Session:
What Is Sake? Part 2: Fundamentals of Production Methods, by Mitsuoki Kaneoke (Director, Niigata Prefectural Sake Research Institute) and Toshio Jo (Professor, Niigata University Faculty of Agriculture)
5th Session:
Regional Characteristics of Sake, by Mitsuoki Kaneoke (Director, Niigata Prefectural Sake Research Institute)
6th Session:
History of Sake, by Nami Gotoh (President, National Research Institute of Brewing)
7th Session:
Sake and the Culture of Traditional Japanese Restaurants and Geisha Districts,
by Atsuyuki Okazaki (Professor, Niigata University Faculty of Engineering)
8th Session:
Term-End Exam

Sakeology A-2

Eligible Students

All years, all faculties

Overview

It goes without saying that Niigata is known as one of Japan’s leading sake producers. The prefecture leads Japan in number of sake breweries, which produce a diverse variety of sake. These Sakeology lectures cover a broad variety of fields related to the culture and science surrounding sake.
Sakeology A-2 covers more advanced topics related to sake.

Aim of the Class

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. Through multifaceted study of sake, students can acquire the knowledge and education to develop a greater appreciation of sake, and become human resources capable of sharing the appeal of sake with people throughout Japan and worldwide.

Study Achievement Targets

Students will aim to become able to explain matters related to Sakeology; able to explain the relationship between sake and food; able to explain the relationship between alcohol and the brain; able to explain taxation, economy, business administration, and health topics related to sake; able to explain the globalization of Japanese alcoholic beverages; able to explain matters related to sake in English; and able to explain more advanced topics related to sake.

Prerequisites and Cautions Regarding Registration

In order to take Sakeology A-2, students must first have taken Sakeology A-1 as a prerequisite class.

Class Details

1st Session:
Sake and Food: Food Pairings, the Senses, and Science, by Toru Fushiki (Professor, Ryukoku University)
2nd Session:
Alcohol and the Brain, by Nobuyuki Takei (Associate Professor, Niigata University Brain Research Institute)
3rd Session:
Sake and Taxation, by Hitoshi Demura (Professor, Niigata University Faculty of Economics)
4th Session:
Economics and Business Administration Related to Sake, by Ryoji Ito (Assistant Professor, Niigata University Faculty of Agriculture) and Yasuyuki Kishi (Associate Professor, Niigata University Faculty of Economics)
5th Session:
The Globalization of Japanese Alcoholic Beverages: Comparing Sake to Beer and Whisky, by Tsuyoshi Tsuru (Special Appointed Professor, Hitotsubashi University)
6th Session:
Sake and Health, by Hanae Izu (Senior Researcher, National Research Institute of Brewing)
7th Session:
Presentation on Sake in English, by Andrew Whitaker (Associate Professor, Niigata University Faculty of Agriculture) and Yosuke Tanaka (Managing Director, Imayo Tsukasa Sake Brewery Co., Ltd.)
8th Session:
Term-End Exam

Sakeology B

Eligible Students

All years, all faculties. Must be at least 20 years old. Sakeology A-1 and A-2 are both prerequisite classes.

Overview

It goes without saying that Niigata is known as one of Japan’s leading sake producers. The prefecture leads Japan in number of sake breweries, which produce a diverse variety of sake. These Sakeology lectures cover a broad variety of fields related to the culture and science surrounding sake.
Sakeology B is an intensive practical lecture class, intended to further students’ understanding of sake.

Aim of the Class

「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. Through multifaceted study of sake, students can acquire the knowledge and education to develop a greater appreciation of sake, and become human resources capable of sharing the appeal of sake with people throughout Japan and worldwide.

Study Achievement Targets

Students will aim to understand and become able to explain the fundamentals of sake tastings, able to explain the connection between sake and regional revitalization, able to provide an overview of the work performed at a sake brewery, able to explain etiquette related to sake, and able to discuss the issues surrounding sake.

Prerequisites and Cautions Regarding Registration

Students must be at least 20 years old. In order to take Sakeology B, students must first have taken both Sakeology A-1 and A-2 as prerequisite classes.

Class Details

1st Session:
Fundamentals of Sake Tasting: The Sensory Test Method and Sake Tasting Theory
2nd Session:
Fundamentals of Sake Tasting: Distinguishing Aroma, Alcohol, Sake Meter Value, Sweetness, and Acidity
3rd Session:
Applied Sake Tasting: Using Matching to Recall and Distinguish Flavor Characteristics
4th Session:
Regional Revitalization through Sake: From Agriculture to Sake Brewery Tourism
5th Session:
Practical Training at Sake Brewery in Niigata
6th Session:
Discussion
7th Session:
Sake Etiquette
Lecturers:
Mitsuoki Kaneoke (Head, Niigata Prefectural Sake Research Institute), Keigo Sato (Research Specialist, Niigata Prefectural Sake Research Institute), Takashi Kuribayashi
(Senior Researcher, Niigata Prefectural Sake Research Institute), Shinichi Kondo (Vice Chair, Niigata Sake Brewers Association), Takeshi Hirashima (Vice Chair, Niigata Sake Brewers Association), and others

Open Lectures

Name of Course: Introduction to Sakeology
Course Period: November 2018 to January 2019 (8 sessions)
Venue: Niigata University Tokimate Satellite Campus (south of Niigata Station) and other locations
Contact: Industry-University Cooperation Division Department of Research Planning and Promotion, Niigata University
Contact Telephone Number: (025) 262-7633