J.S.A. SAKE DIPLOMA
J.S.A. SAKE DIPLOMA is the certification of sake and shochu granted by the Japan Sommelier Associations (J.S.A.) which aims for contributing to the improvement of food culture based on wine. While Japanese food culture is attracting attention from around the world, partly owing to Japanese cuisine which was added to Intangible Cultural Heritage by the UNESCO in 2013, the diploma was started in 2017 for the purpose of further promotion of Japanese food culture by deepening the knowledge of sake/shochu and improving the sommelier skills of sake/shochu.
Anyone at the age 20 or over at the time of the record date of examinations set by J.S.A. are eligible to take examinations regardless of nationality, occupation, and work experience. The examinations are held twice consisting of two stages. The first stage is a computer-based test. The result comes out instantly and this test can be taken up to twice at the option of examinees, which should be informed at the time of application. Those who passed the first stage move on to the second stage for the tasting exam and short essay exam. (The examinees are entitled to three additional attempts for the second stage without re-taking the first stage. The waiver is valid for five years.) The procedure of sake tasting is based on wine tasting in terms of appearance, aroma and taste and the terminology of sake is made as much as possible to have much in common with that of wine to share the sense of tasting globally.