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Sake School of America is an education and training center specializing in Sake, Shochu, and Japanese liquors, for Sake professionals and enthusiasts, to expand knowledge and to explore further enjoyment of the category.


With the expansion of the Japanese food industry, customer service is becoming key in maintaining sound business base. The liquor line can be a particular category of distinction, presenting opportunity for unique customer propositions. One knowledgeable Sake professional on staff can convert wine aficionados into Sake followers. This is true for Western distilled liquors fans into Shochu, and American beer drinkers into Japan’s micro-brews. Most importantly, liquor sales can turn in high profits.

SAKE SCHOOL OF AMERICA (SSA) aims toward fostering higher appreciation, as well as memorable drinking and dining experiences. Fully committed in educating trade professionals and enthusiasts alike, SSA promotes Japan’s unique liquor culture in faraway countries at the same level of understanding and of
enjoyment as is in its homeland of Japan. This is a part of a larger vision aiming to ensure dissemination of traditional and true Japanese food culture to the world, and into the future.

Instructor and Master Sake Sommelier Toshio Ueno, instruction by Master Sake Sommelier Ami Nakanishi, Timothy Sullivan Sake Sommelier, Takao Matsukawa Sake Sommelier and Latin Region
Specialist, and others. Classes run regularly on the East and West Coasts. SSA is accredited by Sake Service Institute, the largest organized body for Sake sommelier certification in Japan.


  • Certified Sake Adviser
  • Certified Sake Sommelier
  • Shochu Specialist
  • Beer Adviser
  • Professional Server Training


  • Menu Planning
  • Food Pairing
  • Server Training
  • Customized Consulting
  • Brewery visits
  • Sommelier & Wine/Sake competitions


Robert Bath, Master Sommelier,
Wine and Beverage Instructor
The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone, St.Helena

Ueno has an unparalleled understanding of sake, but it’s his ability to explain this often confusing subject of Sake that makes his expertise so worthwhile.

Takaaki Koyama,Owner
Bishamon Group / Daikokuya Ramen,Los Angeles

Along with the Sake Adviser certification from Sake School of America, I’m able to receive certification from SSI as well. I finally feel that I’ve developed a sound grounding in Sake knowledge to help my business, and am now awakened to the endlessly intriguing and complex realm which exists in the Sake world.

Linda Burum
Freelance Food Journalist, Los Angeles

My Shochu class was terrifically organized. Just as valuable were the well-planned tastings that encompassed the broadest spectrum of Shochu flavors, classifications and potential for food pairings. The class will be a superb resource for anyone planning to serve or distribute Japanese beverages.

James King,
Certified Wine Educator and Wine Judge
Chief Educator & President / The Texas Wine School, Dallas

I have always been curious about Sake and as a Wine educator wanted to know more about its process and style. To understand a product, you need to know its history, processes and styles, and this course covers all in a fun and entertaining program.

For more information, please contact Sushi Institute of America at information below.



431 Crocker St., Los Angeles, CA 90013
tel: 213-830-9557 fax: 213-626-5130

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