I participated in the press conference for ‘Japanese Sakeology’ newly established at Niigata University
April 25, 2018
I participated in the press conference for ‘Japanese Sakeology’ newly established at Niigata University. The reason I did so is because the president of OBATA SHUZO, Mr. Ken Hirashima, who currently acts as a vice president of Niigata Sake Breweries Association, suggested that I should come to attend the joint press conference held by Niigata prefecture, Niigata University and Niigata Sake Breweries Association when I visited OBATA SHUZO on Sado island for an interview of the SAKE-tour website. Another reason is because Prof. Yasuyuki Kishi, who takes charge of this ‘Japanese Sakeology’ at Niigata University happens to be the person I consulted regarding the SAKE-tour website.
On May 9th in 2017, Niigata Prefecture, Niigata Sake Breweries Association and Niigata University concluded a collaboration agreement with the purpose of contributing to the formation and development of an international base(center) for establishment of ‘Japanese Sakeology’ which covers wide range of Japanese-sake related cultural and scientific academic fields.
The vision of Niigata University is to operate ‘Japanese Sakeology’ center with academic staff from various fields of research and education not to focus only on traditional sake production such as brewing and fermentation, but by taking advantage of a university to expand it into various academic fields such as its background culture and history, its marketing and health.
The ‘Japanese Sakeology’ center works on the following four tasks.
1. Matters regarding education of ‘Japanese Sakeology’
2. Matters regarding research on ‘Japanese Sakeology’
3. Matters regarding information transmission and spreading of ‘Japanese Sakeology’
4. Matters regarding international exchange related to ‘Japanese Sakeology’
Click here for the official website of ‘Japanese Sakeology’ of Niigata University
Classes of ‘Japanese Sakeology’ have been offered since April in 2018. Aside from classes under the regular curriculum, some classes will be open to the public. If I have a chance to attend it, I will put my report on the SAKE-tour website. I have high expectations of the future of ‘Japanese Sakeology’.