The Sake Service Institute (SSI) was set up in Tokyo, in November 1990. Its aim was to educate and provide an international standard to establish sake as a globally recognised product. The SSI is a non-profit organisation that, through partnerships, offers the Kikisake-shi course. This course is available in various countries outside Japan, including China, Korea, Taiwan, the UK, and the US.
For over 25 years, the SSI has been providing the Kikisake-shi course, Shochu advisor and higher certificate in sake and Shochu education course. Enshu is the only UK accredited SSI course.
The number of certified Kikisake-shi courses has risen yearly. Increasing awareness of Japanese culture and the popularity of the country’s cuisine and ingredients drives this surge in interest. The fascination of using sake as an accompaniment also contributes to the love of sake.
Latest statistics show the SSI has accredited 24,692 Kikisake-shi and 6,311 Shochu advisors. Additionally, they have awarded 460 higher certificates in sake and Shochu education.