Initiatives Niigata Sake School

This is an educational institution established by the Niigata Sake Brewers Association in 1984 in anticipation of the shortage of so-called toji (master brewers) and other sake brewing technicians.

It trains mid-career sake brewing technicians. Only those recommended by breweries are allowed to enter the school, which takes about 100 hours a year and three years to graduate while working. The school sends out about 20 graduates every year, and of the more than 500 graduates, nearly 40 are already working as toji, or master brewers. There are about 50 instructors. The instructors include researchers from the Niigata Prefecture Brewing Research Institute, as well as front-line managers, brewing engineers and technicians.

Niigata is the only prefecture in the world where such a sake school continues to be established.

School overview

School emblem
Founding 1984
Graduate 534 people (as of June 2019)
Class hours About 100 hours a year
Capacity 20 students in each grade
ength of the course of study 3 years 8 departments 46 items

Admission requirements

Qualifications

As a general rule, those who meet the following conditions.

A. Must be employed by a brewing company in Niigata prefecture throughout the year and recommended by the owner as a suitable person.
B. Can attend classes according to the schedule of the class plan set by the school.
C. Must have academic ability equal to or higher than high school graduation.
D. As a general rule, those who can take classes when conducting online classes.
E. As a general rule, the children of the manager are excluded.
F. As a general rule being under the age of 35 (There is precedent for someone who is somewhat over the age.)

※note(Lee)It doesn't matter what kind of job you are currently engaged in, so if you are employed by a brewing company all year round, you do not necessarily have to be engaged in manufacturing work.

Admission capacity

The capacity is 20 people each year.
However, in order to prevent infection with the new coronavirus, the upper limit of the number of people who can secure social distance by avoiding Three Cs is set to 12 in Coronavirus.
At the end of the year, a promotion test will be conducted to determine whether or not to promote, and a certificate of completion will be issued.
At the time of graduation in the third year, a graduation examination will be conducted and a diploma will be awarded to successful applicants.

Recommendation of qualified admissions Each company submits a letter of recommendation to the principal of the Niigata Prefecture Sake School (within the Niigata Sake Brewers Association).
Notification of admission Those who pass the selection will be notified to the recommending company.The entrance ceremony will be held in July, the start of the brewing year.
School period The training will be for 3 years, and the students will go to school for about 20 days a year (2-3 days each month).
Classes and classrooms

A. In principle, trainees go to school, classes are from 9:30 to 15:30, and lunch breaks are from 12:00 to 13:00.
B. If it is judged that it is difficult to attend classes due to an epidemic of infectious diseases, the classes will be conducted online using communication equipment.
C. The classroom will be rented from the Niigata Prefectual Sake Research Institute, Niigata Prefecture Sake Brewers Association, and will be posted on the curriculum table.
D. Classes will be held in separate rooms for each grade.

Curriculum

The departments of Niigata Sake School are as follows.

  1. Knowledge of basic science and brewing
  2. Sake manufacturing knowledge and technology
  3. Laws and regulations
  4. Current state of the industry
  5. Knowledge of sake
  6. Basic knowledge required for supervisors
  7. common sense
  8. Other necessary matters

The instructors will be consits of managers, brewing engineers, technicians, and outside specialist instructors.

Contact

Niigata Sake School
292-2 Higashinakadori 2 Bancho, Chuo-ku, Niigata City Niigata Sake Brewers Association
TEL: 025-229-1218