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, SCNU* / Professor, Faculty of Agriculture, Niigata University)
USHIKI Tatsuo (President, Niigata University)
ODAIRA Shunji (Chairman, Niigata Sake Brewers Association)
KISHI Yasuyuki (Vice Director, SCNU* / Associate Professor, Faculty of Economic Sciences, Niigata University)
HIRATA Dai (Vice Director, SCNU* / Professor, Faculty of Agriculture, Niigata University / Vice Chairman, 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, SCNU* / Professor, Faculty of Agriculture, Niigata University / Vice Chairman, Niigata Sake Brewers Association)
Session 3
May 6
Sake and ryotei / kagai culture OKAZAKI Atsuki (Professor, Faculty of Engineering, Niigata University)
Session 4
May 13
Sake Fundamentals 2 : Production method basics KANEOKE Mitsuoki (Director, Niigata Prefectural Sake Research Institute)
JOH Toshio (Professor, Faculty of Agriculture, Niigata University)
Session 5
May 20
History of sake GOTOH Nami (President, National Research Institute of Brewing)
Session 6
May 27
Sake and tax KOSAKAI Hiroshi (Professor, Faculty of Economic Sciences, Niigata University)
Session 7
June 3
Locality of sake ITO Ryoji (Assistant Professor, 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, Ryukoku University)
Session 2
June 24
Sake and health IZU Hanae (Senior Researcher, National Research Institute of Brewing)
Session 3
July 1
Globalization of Japanese liquor : Comparison of sake with beer and whiskey TSURU Tsuyoshi (Adjunct Professor, Hitotsubashi University)
Session 4
July 8
Sake etiquette WATANABE Hideo (Full-time Faculty Member, SCNU* / Tutor, Faculty of Economic Sciences, Niigata University)
MURAYAMA Kazue (Assistant Professor, Niigata Seiryo University Junior College)

*SCNU: Sakeology Center, Niigata University
Session 5
July 15
Alcohol and brain TAKEI Nobuyuki (Associate professor, Brain Research Institute, Niigata University)
Session 6
July 22
Sake economics and management ITO Ryoji (Assistant Professor, Faculty of Agriculture, Niigata University)
KISHI Yasuyuki (Vice Director, SCNU* / Associate Professor, Faculty of Economic Sciences, Niigata University)
Session 7
July 29
How to Communicate sake to the world WHITAKER Andrew (Associate Professor, Faculty of Agriculture, Niigata University)
TANAKA Yosuke (Managing Director, CEO, 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, Niigata Prefectural Sake Research Institute)
SATO Keigo (Expert Researcher, Niigata Prefectural Sake Research Institute)
SUGAWARA Masamichi (Senior Researcher, 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, Niigata Sake Brewers Association)
HIRASHIMA Takeshi (Vice Chairman, Niigata Sake Brewers Association)
SAITO Shuntaro (CEO, Kirinzan Brewery Co., Ltd.)
HASEGAWA Yoshiaki (Master Brewer, Kirinzan Brewery Co., Ltd.)
HIRATA Dairoku (Former Principal, Seishu Gakko [Niigata Sake School] / Former Sake Brewer, Taiyo Sake Brewery Co., Ltd. / Former Mayor, Sekikawa Village)
Matching sake with food KANEOKE Mitsuoki (Director, Niigata Prefectural Sake Research Institute)
NAKAJIMA Yuka (Food Researcher)

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Photos of Sakeology B Lectures (AY 2019)