Niizawa Sake Brewery - Japan

Fellowship Type: 
Summer Internship: 

Fellowship Type: Economic Development, Arts & Culture

Founded in 1873, the Niizawa Sake Brewery has always been family-run and family-owned. The current President is the 5thgeneration President of the brewery. The original brewery was destroyed in an earthquake in 2011 and the current brewery was constructed later the same year in Kawasaki, Miyagi on the grounds of a previously unoccupied brewery. Niizawa Sake Brewery is dedicated to continuously improving the quality of its sake and is constantly researching and developing new technologies to produce a high-quality product. Most of the staff is quite young, and several employees are drawn from outside of Miyagi province, which is unusual for a sake brewery. The staff is entirely local and is 70% female.

The position for a PiA Fellow will involve every aspect of sake production, from brewing to shipping. This is an excellent opportunity for a Fellow to learn about the sake industry, and to get hands-on experience in one of Japan’s oldest and most prestigious fields. This is a physically and mentally demanding position – much of the work involves physical labor, and the position is located in a very remote part of the country, which can often be isolating. The Fellow will be provided with a vehicle for both routine and emergency purposes. 

The ideal Fellow for this position will be seeking the challenges and opportunities of an immersive experience, have some Japanese language experience, comfort with and a desire for living in a remote (but beautiful!) setting, a valid driver’s license (which can be converted to an international driver’s license) and ability to tolerate temperatures that can fall below freezing. While an understanding of brewing isn’t required, the Fellow should be prepared to learn some industry terminology prior to this posting. The Fellow will be provided with their own dormitory room on the premises of the brewery. The dormitory has a communal kitchen, a communal washroom and a washer-dryer. 

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