Certified Master of Sake and Master Sake Sommelier. Toshio is the creator
of Sake School of America and English Shochu Adviser Certificate program, and
only one in the world to hold Master of Sake (酒匠), Master Sake Sommelier
(日本酒学講師), and WSET Sake Educator diploma.
Born in Japan where his family has grown Japanese wine grape, Koshu, for
generations, Toshio grew up helping the business from a young age. Following
his college education in the US and employment at an international trading
company in Tokyo, Toshio joined Chateraise, a pastry and wine company as Director
of Sales. There, he was put in charge of overseeing the personal wine collection
of the company's president, which intrigued him to enter the world of wine
stewardship and research.
Toshio joined Mutual Trading Company in 2002, where he is Director of Sake
Specialist Department in marketing Japanese foods, Sake, and Shochu to the
mainstream American trade. With his passion and expertise in Sake, Shochu, and
Wine, Toshio aims to further promote Japanese food and Sake cultures to new,
international audiences. Since 2010, he has been Vice President & Executive
Instructor at Sake School of America. In 2016 he was awarded the industry’s most
prestigious title Sake Samurai from Japan Sake & Shochu Makers Association.
And recently February 2021, he was appointed as The Japanese Cuisine Goodwill
Ambassador by Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.
Honors & Awards:
2021 Japanese Cuisine Goodwill Ambassador, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
2020 Awamori JIbner, Okinawa Awamori Distillers Association
2019 Professionnel du Vin, Chaine des Rottiseurs Chevalier de la Societe Mondiale
du Vin, Chaine des Rottiseurs
2019 Board of Director, Society of Wine Educators
2017 Distinguished Service Prize, FBO Japan
2016 Sake Samurai, Japan Sake & Shochu Makers Association
日本酒学講師 Master Sake Sommelier / Sake Educator, Sake Service Institute (SSI)