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About the International Kikisake-shi Qualification

Why become a Master of Sake?

The aim of the International Kikisake-shi Qualification is to train and certify professionals over the supply and sales of sake in order for consumers around the world to properly enjoy sake.

An “International Kikisake-shi” (Master of Sake) is a professional who can properly advise, supply, and sell sake to customers around the world. They are essential advisors and curators to the ever increasing number of sake consumers and enthusiasts.

What an “International Kikisake-shi” can do

An International Kikisake-shi can properly and accurately advise, and supply sake to consumers around the world using a language other than Japanese.

The requirements and characteristics of “International Kikisake-shi”

  • Insightfulness: The skill to see through consumer’s needs.
  • Love for hospitality: Hospitality towards customers.
  • Knowledge of the product’s characteristics: Thorough knowledge of sake as well as other food and beverages.
  • Understanding the true meaning of eating and drinking: The knowledge of the effects food and beverages have on the body.
  • Expertise in sake: International Kikisake-shi should have more knowledge than consumers regarding sake.
  • Skills and techniques: Sake tasting skills and service techniques.
  • Ability to make proposals: The ability to make plans and proposals for consumers using a language other than Japanese with the above qualities.

Main occupations for International Kikisake-shi

  • Service jobs or cooks at restaurants around the world.
  • Sales person at liquor stores or alcohol area of large stores around the world.
  • Service jobs or cooks at restaurants in Japan where many foreign customers visit.
  • Sales person at liquor stores or alcohol area of large stores in Japan where many foreign customers visit.