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Course: Shoe Making
Program: Master Course
Period: Sept. 5,2016-Apr. 28,2017
I worked in Japan for about 10 years but my former job had nothing to do with shoe making. I simply liked leather working as a hobby. I used to make small items such as leather wallets on my days off. For this past 2 years, I studied every week at a shoe making school in Kobe, Japan. I totally enjoyed the process of how my idea became actual shoes, so I kept making shoes on weekends even though I was tired from my weekday’s work. It takes a long time to make 1 pair of shoes, but I just love the shoe making process itself.
I quit my job 1 year ago and decided to come to Florence to study shoe making. I took Italian lessons for 4 months from this May, and I am now taking shoe making lessons in Italian. There is so much I need to learn now, but I hope to enjoy this learning experience.
Two pairs of shoes I made while my stay back in Japan during this winter vacation. Himeji and Tastuno are very famous for producing good leather, and this time I had a request for shoes made with Tatsuno leather. They turned out really tough yet supple.
The first thing I wanted to eat back in Japan was food with Okonomiyaki-sauce (kind of like thickened Worcestershire sauce). Especially Takoyaki (octopus ball) made me feel that I was back in Kansai, my home. They were so delicious but very hot inside.
Eel was another food I was dying to eat, so I ordered eel bowl. The taste is so uniquely good that it’s hard to find the same flavor overseas.
Christmas cakes in Italy are very different compared to the Japanese ones, and I like them both. This one is a Japanese Christmas cake. Strawberries on the top are very typical of Japanese cakes.
I had Osechi, Japanese traditional New Year cuisine. I enjoyed spending Japanese New Year I had been missing for some years being out of Japan.
I had a very interesting looking hot pot at a tavern in Japan. There were many parties at the end and the beginning of the year, which I enjoyed a lot.
On December 30, it snowed for the first time since I came back to Japan. The winter in Japan is much colder than Italy. I’m sure it will get much colder in Italy, too.
I drew an Omikuji (a fortune slip). Shoshazan is very famous for its harsh fortune slips, so I drew “bad luck” slip. My friend who went with me also drew a “bad luck” slip. We got depressed at first, but we found out that by being careful the fortune would come. I shall be positive and work hard this year.
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