What is Master Sommelier of Sake (Sakasho)?
“Sakasho” is a specialist in sales promotion planning with advanced tasting ability.
The ability is cultivated by basic training using odor and taste training, tasting by raw materials and manufacturing method of sake and shochu, and comparative tasting by type. In addition, we have prepared a large number of tasting samples to be used in the seminar, and by intensively tasting these, we will realize the acquisition of sales promotion planning ability utilizing advanced tasting.

Curriculum
Approximately 18 hours for two consecutive days of training. We use many items including sake and shochu.
It is a fulfilling curriculum that includes basic training aimed at improving the sense of smell and taste, improving the ability to identify the characteristics of sake and shochu, and comparative tasting of alcoholic beverages.
Special teaching materials (not for sale) for sake master training are also available. You will also learn about the compatibility of sake and shochu with cooking, which can be used immediately in practice.

What is an examination course?
A course where you can receive direct guidance from a full-time instructor with the teaching materials and experiences unique to attending the venue. Questions can be resolved immediately on the spot, and then aim to pass the exam.

Eligibility to take the exam International kikisake-shi or International Shochu kikisake-shi (SSI INT’L certified)
Language Chinese (* Traditional Chinese ver.)
Examination deadline Within one year from the month following the date of attendance at the time of initial application
Flow of qualification acquisition
Step.1 Application
We do not accept applications over the phone, please apply from the WEB.
We will send you a set of teaching materials within 7 business days after completing your application.
Step.2 Participation in the workshop
Please participate in the seminar held by our association.
Step.3 Take the exam
Please take the test at the venue on the test day designated by the Society.
Step.4 Pass / Fail Judgment To pass procedure
We will send you a pass / fail notification about 2 weeks after you take the test. (Sending to the registered e-mail address)
Teaching materials
『國際酒匠課程 課本』
Ⅰ 序言~有關國際酒匠的必要能力、資質~
Ⅱ 品鑒的基本
Ⅲ「日本酒」知識篇
Ⅳ「燒酎」知識篇
Schedule
Schedule TBA (3 days in total, 1st and 2nd day is a class, 3rd day is an exam)
Venue TBA
Program (1st-2nd day)
1st Day2nd Day
Time Lecture
10: 00-10: 30 What is an international sake maker?
10: 30-12: 30 [Preparation for the second test]
Sake tasting ①-1
4 types of sake
12: 30-13: 30 rest
13: 30-15: 30 [Secondary test + third test]
Sake tasting ①-2
Sake positioning and coaxial graph
16: 00-18: 00 [3rd test + 4th test]
Sake tasting ②-1 By
raw material / manufacturing method / deterioration
18: 30 ~ 20: 30 [3rd test + 4th test]
Sake tasting ②-2 By
raw material / manufacturing method / deterioration

* Time may change due to preparations.

Time Lecture
10: 00-12: 30 [Secondary test measures]
Tasting of shochu ①-1
Classification and positioning of 4 types of shochu
13: 30-15: 30 Sake tasting ②-1
by raw material / manufacturing method / deterioration
16: 00-18: 00 [3rd test + 4th test]
Tasting of shochu ②-1 By
raw material / manufacturing method / deterioration
18: 00-18: 30 Orientation
exam info & explanation about the system 

* Time may change due to preparations

Exam (3rd Day)
Time 10:00〜15:20
1st exam
(50 minutes)
[Writing]
・ Basic knowledge of sake
・ Basic knowledge of shochu
2nd exam
(50 minutes)
[Writing with tasting]
・ 4 types of sake classification
・ Positioning map creation
・ Coaxial graph creation
・ 4 types of shochu
・ Positioning map creation
3rd exam
(50 minutes)
[Writing with tasting]
・ Recognition of samples by raw material and manufacturing method of sake ・
Recognition of samples by raw material and manufacturing method
of shochu
4th exam
(50 minutes)

・ Recognizing the deterioration of sake
・ Devising a method of serving
・Recognizing the deterioration of sake
・ Devising a method of serving

* Pass criteria: 70% or more correct answer rate for each exam

Examination fee & application
Examination fee 180,000JPY(tax included)(including teaching material fee, certification fee, certificate, certification chapter)
Included in the examination fee
(1) “SSI INT’L certified international liquor master examination qualification certification course” examination fee and certification examination examination fee (at the time of passing)Including certification fee)
(2) Teaching materials (textbooks, alcoholic beverages, etc.) associated with the above classes.
(3) Lunch twice
Retake the exam

If you fail or are absent, you can take the test by paying the re-examination fee.
In that case, the test results that meet the passing criteria will be valid only within the test deadline, and only the tests that have failed (eg, 1st only, 3rd only, etc.) will be taken.
The date of the first application is until the end of December 2021: 25,000 JPY
The date of the first application is from January 2022: 35,000 JPY

Certificates

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