JSA Sake Diploma International | JSA清酒文憑考試及課程

Since its foundation in 1969, the Japan Sommelier Association (J.S.A.) has been furthering better understanding of wine and other beverages and for their promotion in Japan.

Today, the world surrounding washoku (Japanese food meeting the standards and essence of the dietary culture of Japan) and sake/shochu is changing as never before. UNESCO's recognition of washoku as an Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2013 has sparked an international rise in popularity and the number of Japanese restaurants are increasing in all major cities across the world. Culinary tech-niques of washoku are being incorporated by chefs overseas regardless of the cuisine and their restaurants have sake/shochu in their wine lists.

For Japanese cuisine to be served to meet this increasing interest overseas and at even higher standards, we see a need for sommeliers and those in related professions to gain more knowledge and a deeper understanding of sake/shochu and to improve their sommelier skills of sake/shochu. Thus, we have launched a new certification, J.S.A. Sake Diploma International, which is a qualification for sake/shochu.

To provide an exten-sive source of information worldwide - specifically from the standpoint of a sommelier, we have compiled the J.S.A. Sake Diploma textbook in both Japanese and English. The new exam will be conducted in both Japanese and English. Together with this textbook, we will be introducing and spreading the information on a global scale.

3 Attractive Features

1.Sake-brewing techniques and processes —how they affect the taste

Chapter 1: What is Sake?, the main ingredients of sake — rice and water;
Chapter 2: Different Types of Sake and Their Production Process, detailed scientific approach to techniques and process unveiling the wondrous drink.

2.Theoretical / systematic approach to sake tasting

In Chapter 4: Tasting Sake, the structure of the wine tasting process, such as Appearance, Nose, Palate and Conclusion, are applied to sake tasting.

3.Sake and food pairing theory with extensive guide for international cuisines

In Chapter 6: Sake and Food, pairing ideas (Japanese and cuisines of the world) are suggested by Shinya Tasaki (president of J.S.A. and A.S.I. Best Sommelier of the World 1995).

Date of the exam: Saturday, October 17, 2020

Time Schedule

Time Schedule
9:30-9:55 Arrival&Registration
9:55-10:00 Orientation
10:00-11:00 Written Exam (60 mins)
11:00-11:45 Tasting Exam(Sake: 4 items / Shochu or Awamori: 2 items)
11:45-12:05 Short Essay Exam
12:10 End of the exam
*Time schedule may change.

*The exam consists in 2 parts and is conducted on the same day.

①Written Exam
②Tasting Exam/ Short Essay Exam

*Questions for the exam are mainly taken out of the English version of J.S.A.SAKE DIPLOMA Textbook.

*Questions and answers are all in English.

**Students can choose to enroll the exam directly or join our course before exam. They offer 2 format of course

**Certification fee (for students who have fully passed the exam): HK$ 1,500.

①Regular course (sub-divided into Part 1 & 2)
②Pre-exam Preparation class

Regular Course Coverage:

Part 1 -- Sake production, ingredients, Sake history and development, Main Sake Production region, Sake tasting
Part 2 -- Sake Service and storage, Sake pairing, Shochu Production & service, Shochu tasting (2 sake pairing dinner are included)


Please contact us for further details.

JSA Sake Examination
Date Time Last Enrollment Date
17 Oct 2020 (Sat) 10:00 - 12:30 15 Sep 2020

Exam Fee: HK$1800 (English version textbook included)

JSA Sake Diploma International Regular Course Part 1
Date Time Lecturer

Part 1 Course Fee: HK$4500

Course content covers Sake production, history & development, Main production area and tasting.

More than 40 sakes will be guided as in tasting sessions.

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JSA Sake Diploma International Regular Course Part 2
Date Time Lecturer
10, 15, 17, 22 & 24 Sep
(Tue & Thu; 5 sessions, Total 15 hours)
**2 sake pairing dinner included
19:00 - 22:00 Micky Chan

Part 2 Course Fee: HK$4000

Course content covers Sake service and storage, food pairing, Shochu, Shochu tasting and service.

Two sake pairing dinner / service experience dinner are included.

More than 25 sakes and shochu will be tasted in this regular course.

** 10% discount will be gained for enrolling both Part 1 & 2 course

JSA Sake Diploma International pre-Exam Preparation class
Date Time Lecturer
7 - 9 Oct 2020
(Wed - Fri; 3 sessions, Total 9 hours)
19:00 - 22:00 Micky Chan

Pre-exam preparation course Fee: HK$2500

Course content covers Exam format explanations, time allocation startegy suggestions, tasting training & Mock exam.

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