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.
|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|
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.
※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.
The capacity is 20 people each year.
|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.
The departments of Niigata Sake School are as follows.
The instructors will be consits of managers, brewing engineers, technicians, and outside specialist instructors.
Niigata Sake School
292-2 Higashinakadori 2 Bancho, Chuo-ku, Niigata City Niigata Sake Brewers Association