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Japanese Sake Masterclass Series – Meeting and Tasting with Sake Brewer
日本清酒大師級系列: 與酒造品談清酒

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2 hours
Course Fee
Course Fee : HK$800 per programme

Early Bird Rate : HK$730 per programme (applicable to enrollment on/before 3 June 2022)
Deadline on 12 Jun 2022 (Sun)
2520 4607 / 2867 8483
How to Apply
Early Bird Special Rate is available.

Limited quota: 30 students only

The Japanese Sake Masterclass Series is designed as a series of short courses with different topics/themes. It is suitable to people who are sake industry practitioners and sake lovers, preferably with some foundational sake knowledge, in order to reap the most benefits from the courses.


  • Our sake courses are taught by qualified sake professionals who are also experienced in sake education.
  • Our sake courses will be delivered by a single teacher throughout the entire course to ensure consistency in content and teaching style.
  • All sakes are carefully and impartially selected from different recognized sake suppliers to suit the genuine needs of the courses.


HKU SPACE Wine Alumni Association (WAA)

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Students are eligible to be a member of HKU SPACE Wine Alumni Association (WAA) after completion of the course. On a regular basis, the executive committee will post the latest updates and promotional materials on the availability of the seminars and events, discounts and offers on the WAA Website at and Facebook at; Email will also be sent for information.

Membership fee is free to current students and alumni of all HKU SPACE wine programmes. Majority of WAA events are hosted by leading figures in the wine industry. All events are exclusive to members, and sometimes with their guests.

Future Events
  • Wine tastings
  • Wine dinners
  • Master classes
  • Wine seminars
  • Idea sharing programmes

R2This “Meeting and Tasting with Sake Brewer” course will be the first one in the masterclass series. This 2-hour masterclass aims to introduce one of the famous sake breweries, Imada Sake Brewing Co., Ltd. (今田酒造本店) in Hiroshima, Japan and students will have valuable chance to virtually meet and learn with one of the most inspiring sake brewers.

Our sake teacher Ms Naoko Ikeda (WSET Certified Sake Educator) will explain about Hiroshima, an important sake region, special ingredients such as rice and koji, as well as the latest rice polishing technique which are used to produce beautiful Fukucho (富久長) sakes. It is noteworthy that students will be introduced to a special type of rice (八反草), which is only planted for and brewed by this Brewery.

R1Prominent sake master brewer, Ms Miho Imada, will virtually share her passion and unique philosophy of sake production, so that students will gain a deeper knowledge and understanding about sake making and characteristics of her sake through tasting. A virtual visit of the historical sake brewery will be conducted through a video and the history and the spirit of ginjo sake making in Hiroshima will be explained too. Q&A session will be arranged at the end.


Profile of Imada Sake Brewing Co., Ltd.

sakeThe village of Akitsu in Hiroshima Prefecture, where the Imada Sake Brewing Co., Ltd. is located, is a quiet place facing the Seto Inland Sea. From long ago it has been famous as a village from which many toji (master brewers) and kurabito (brewery workers) come, and sake brewers from here can be found at breweries in the village of Saijo in Hiroshima, known as the local “sake capital,” as well as all over the country. Akitsu was also the home of Sanzaburo Miura, a brewing expert that, in the late 1800s and early 1900s, taught many brewers how to brew with soft water and make high quality ginjo-shu. This is why people say that ginjo-shu was born in Hiroshima. The name, Fukucho, was given to Imada sake by Mr. Miura.

The village of Akitsu; with a proud history of famous sake and known as the home of famous toji. Espoused by this father of Hiroshima sake, Sanzaburo Miura, are the words “A hundred tries, a thousand improvements” (百試千改). Fukucho carries on this enthusiastic attitude as a tradition today.

Wedsite of Imada Sake Brewing Co., Ltd.


Teacher/ Guest Speaker Profile:


Ms Naoko Ikeda (池田直子)

Ms. Naoko Ikeda 池田直子 is a Japanese Sake & Wine Specialist based in Hong Kong. Born in Hiroshima, she has lived in Japan and France. She is a WSET certified educator and is also conducting her tailor-made original classes. She has more than 20 years experiences in Food & Beverage Industry, as Educator, Speaker, Consultant, Buyer, Marketer and Sales Manager. She has worked for sake breweries and wineries. Currently she works for a major Champagne House. Her sake qualifications: WSET Level 3 Award in Sake Pass with Distinction (2018), Japan Sommelier Association Sake Diploma (2017) and SSI International Kikisake-shi (2017). Besides teaching, she also loves pairing her homemade food with sakes and working at production sites and wishes to spread her passion of appreciating sakes.



Ms Miho Imada (今田美穂)

Ms Miho Imada, 今田美穂 is a reputable Toji for Imada Sake Brewing Co., Ltd. (今田酒造本店) in Hiroshima, Japan. As a third generation Toji, Imada learned the art of sake from her father and grandfather and took over the family business. Currently, about 20 of the Japanese sake breweries are run by women, and Imada is one of the few female sake master brewers. Her Fukucho ginjo sake won a platinum award at Kura Master 2017, an annual contest selecting the best from over 550 Japanese sake brands, and many more awards. Imada is one of the inspiring and influential women leaders from around the world and she was awarded BBC's ‘100 Women’ 2020 and Forbes’ ‘50 Over 50: Asia’ 2022.


In next class, you will be able to taste:

S1During the masterclass, four types of specially selected Imada sakes will be served to students to taste under the guidance of both Ms Naoko Ikeda and Ms Miho Imada.

  • 富久長 八反草扁平HENPEI
  • 富久長 八反草原形GENKEI
  • 富久長 八反草 純米吟醸
  • 富久長 海風土 純米

* Sakes are subject to stock availability.

Application Code 1990-1928NW -

  • 2 hours

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1990-1928 NW

18 June 2022 (Saturday)


Naoko Ikeda 12 June 2022
  • The programme team reserves the right to change the above timetable if necessary.
  • All classes are subject to sufficient enrolment.


This is a part-time blended learning course. Ms Naoko Ikeda and students will attend class face-to-face in our classroom, while the master sake brewer, Ms Miho Imada will e-meet our students via zoom.  Throughout the class, English will be used as the main teaching medium and in lecture notes (supplemented with some Chinese terminologies for your easy understanding). Though Ms Miho Imada will speak Japanese in the class, Ms Naoko Ikeda will do the translation from Japanese into English. 
HKU SPACE has been using the following measures to protect the safety of our students/teachers/staff and reduce the chances of infection:
  • Health declaration form completion
  • Temperature check at the entrance of the School campus
  • All students/teachers/staff need to wear a surgical mask at all times (except for wine/sake/coffee tasting and food pairing moments)
  • Maintain social distancing
  • Regular sanitary / hygienic measures in the School campus
  • Mandate Vaccination for students/teachers/staff

Applicants should:

  • Be aged 18 or above
  • Not suffer from any health problems that are unfit for tasting wine in class
  • Recommend to people with fundamental knowledge on Japanese sake
Course Fee
  • Course Fee : HK$800 per programme

    Early Bird Rate : HK$730 per programme (applicable to enrollment on/before 3 June 2022)

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1. Cash, EPS, WeChat Pay Or Alipay

Course fees can be paid by cash, EPS, WeChat Pay or Alipay at any HKU SPACE Enrolment Centres.

2. Cheque Or Bank draft

Course fees can also be paid by crossed cheque or bank draft made payable to “HKU SPACE”. Please specify the programme title(s) for application and the applicant’s name.. You may either:

  • bring the completed form(s), together with the appropriate course or application fees in the form of a cheque, and any required supporting documents to any of the HKU SPACE enrolment centres;
  • or mail the above documents to any of the HKU SPACE Enrolment Centres, specifying  “Course Application” on the envelope.  HKU SPACE will not be responsible for any loss of payment sent by mail.
3. VISA/Mastercard

Applicants may also pay the course fee by VISA or Mastercard, including the “HKU SPACE Mastercard”, at any HKU SPACE enrolment centres. Holders of the HKU SPACE Mastercard can enjoy a 10-month interest-free instalment period for courses with a tuition fee worth a minimum of HK$2,000; however, the course applicant must also be the cardholder himself/herself. For enquiries, please contact our staff at any enrolment centres.

4. Online Payment

Online application / enrolment is offered for most open admission courses (course enrolled on first come, first served basis) and selected award-bearing programmes. Application fees and course fees of these programmes/courses can be settled by using "PPS by Internet" (not available via mobile phones), VISA or Mastercard. In addition to the aforesaid online payment channels, continuing students of award-bearing programmes, if their programmes offer online service, may also pay their course fees by Online WeChat Pay, Online Alipay and Faster Payment System (FPS). Please refer to Enrolment Methods - Online Enrolment  for details.


  • If the programme/course is starting within five working days, application by post is not recommended to avoid any delays. Applicants are advised to enrol in person at HKU SPACE Enrolement Centres and avoid making cheque payment under this circustance.
  • Fees paid are not refundable except under very exceptional circumstances (e.g. course cancellation due to insufficient enrolment), subject to the School’s discretion. In exceptional cases where a refund is approved, fees paid by cash, EPS, WeChat Pay, Alipay, cheque or PPS (for online payment only) will normally be reimbursed by a cheque, and fees paid by credit card will normally be reimbursed to the payment cardholder's credit card account.
  • In addition to the published fees, there may be additional costs associated with individual programmes. Please refer to the relevant course brochures or direct any enquiries to the relevant programme team for details.
  • Fees and places on courses cannot be transferrable from one applicant to another. Once accepted onto a course, the student may not change to another course without approval from HKU SPACE. A processing fee of HK$120 will be levied on each approved transfer.
  • Receipts will be issued for fees paid but HKU SPACE will not be repsonsible for any loss of receipt sent by mail.
  • For payment certification, please submit a completed form, a sufficiently stamped and self-addressed envelope, and a crossed cheque for HK$30 per copy made payable to "HKU SPACE" to any of our enrolment centres. 
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