Sakeology Lectures

The Sakeology lectures offer Interdisciplinary Study that takes advantage of Niigata University’s strengths as a comprehensive university, and Selfmotivated Problem-solving Study that incorporates practical training and seminars at breweries and sake stores. Through them, we foster international human resources who have a broad perspective that goes beyond conventional brewing and fermentation studies, and who can acquire knowledge and education about sake, a traditional Japanese culture, by learning about it from various perspectives, and who can disseminate them both domestically and internationally.

Lectures (Educational Course)

Sakeology A-1 (Foundation Course) 300 places (AY 2020)

※Due to the effects of COVID-19, the lecture schedule has been changed, and the course format has also been changed to remote learning.

Date Content Lecturers
Session 1
April 22
Origins of Sakeology
Special Course (1)
Special Course (2)
Course Guidance
SUZUKI Kazushi (Director of SCNU*, Professor of Faculty of Agriculture)
USHIKI Tatsuo (President of Niigata University)
ODAIRA Shunji (Chairman of Niigata Sake Brewers Association)
KISHI Yasuyuki (Vice Director of SCNU, Associate Professor of Faculty of Economic Sciences)
HIRATA Dai (Vice Director of SCNU, Professor of Faculty of Agriculture, Vice Chairman of Niigata Sake Brewers Association)

*SCNU: Sakeology Center, Niigata University
Session 2
April 29
Sake Fundamentals 1 : World liquor brewed from rice HIRATA Dai (Vice Director of SCNU, Professor of Faculty of Agriculture, Vice Chairman of Niigata Sake Brewers Association)
Session 3
May 6
Sake and restaurant / geigi culture OKAZAKI Atsuki (Professor of Faculty of Engineering, Niigata University)
Session 4
May 13
Sake Fundamentals 2 : Production method basics KANEOKE Mitsuoki (Director of Niigata Prefectural Sake Research Institute)
JOH Toshio (Professor of Faculty of Agriculture, Niigata University)
Session 5
May 20
History of sake GOTOH Nami (President of National Research Institute of Brewing)
Session 6
May 27
Sake and tax KOSAKAI Hiroshi (Professor of Faculty of Economic Sciences, Niigata University)
Session 7
June 3
Locality of sake ITO Ryoji (Assistant Professor of Faculty of Agriculture, Niigata University)
Session 8
June 10
End-of-term examination

Sakeology A-2 (Development) 300 places (AY 2020)

Date Content Lecturers
Session 1
June 17
Sake and food : Food pairing, sensory factors and science FUSHIKI Tohru (Professor of Ryukoku University)
Session 2
June 24
Sake and health IZU Hanae (Senior Researcher of National Research Institute of Brewing)
Session 3
July 1
Globalization of Japanese liquor : Comparison of sake with beer and whiskey TSURU Tsuyoshi (Adjunct Professor of Hitotsubashi University)
Session 4
July 8
Sake etiquette WATANABE Hideo (Full-time Faculty Member of SCNU*, Tutor of Faculty of Economic Sciences)
MURAYAMA Kazue (Assistant Professor of Niigata Seiryo University Junior College)

*SCNU: Sakeology Center, Niigata University
Session 5
July 15
Alcohol and brain TAKEI Nobuyuki (Associate professor of Brain Research Institute, Niigata University)
Session 6
July 22
Sake economics and management ITO Ryoji (Assistant Professor of Faculty of Agriculture, Niigata University)
KISHI Yasuyuki (Vice Director of SCNU, Associate Professor of Faculty of Economic Sciences)
Session 7
July 29
How to Communicate sake to the world WHITAKER Andrew (Associate Professor of Faculty of Agriculture, Niigata University)
TANAKA Yosuke (Managing Director, CEO of Imayo Tsukasa Sake Brewery Co. Ltd.)
Session 8
August 5
End-of-term examination

Photos of Sakeology A Lectures (AY 2019)

Sakeology B (Practical) 25 places (AY 2020)

Date Content Lecturers
Day 1
September 24
Sake tasting basics : Sensory evaluation methods and sake tasting theory
Sake tasting basics : Odor, alcohol, SMV, sweetness, acidity discernment
Sake tasting application : Memory and discernment of odor and taste characteristics by matching
KANEOKE Mitsuoki (Director of Niigata Prefectural Sake Research Institute)
SATO Keigo (Expert Researcher of Niigata Prefectural Sake Research Institute)
SUGAWARA Masamichi (Senior Researcher of Niigata Prefectural Sake Research Institute)
Day 2
September 25
Sake-led regional revitalization : Tourism from farms to sake breweries
Practical training at Niigata Prefecture sake breweries Discussion
Sake etiquette
KONDO Shinichi (Vice Chairman of Niigata Sake Brewers Association)
HIRASHIMA Takeshi (Vice Chairman of Niigata Sake Brewers Association)
SAITO Shuntaro (CEO of Kirinzan Brewery Co., Ltd.)
HASEGAWA Yoshiaki (Master Brewer of Kirinzan Brewery Co., Ltd.)
HIRATA Dairoku (Former Principal of Seishu Gakko [Niigata Sake School], Former Sake Brewer of Taiyo Sake Brewery Co., Ltd., Former Mayor of Sekikawa Village)
Matching sake with food KANEOKE Mitsuoki (Director of Niigata Prefectural Sake Research Institute)
NAKAJIMA Yuka (Food Researcher)

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Photos of Sakeology B Lectures (AY 2019)