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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.
After 2 months of working on them, my Goodyear shoes are finally done! I don’t like little scratches here and there, but I’m really impressed to see the finished shoes!
The class now has new students just started this month, so it is very hectic and lively. Everyone has loads of questions, so Prof. Angelo is super busy!
I went to Rome with my friend during winter vacation. It was really crowded because it was just before the Christmas, but we somehow managed to visit the Vatican City.
There were so many sculptures from the ancient Roman Empire time exhibited. This one on the picture had something to do with Egypt, maybe? It’s hard to understand what’s exhibited, but I found them overwhelming.
This is around one hundred meters long hallway called the Hall of Geographical Maps. This place is full of old maps from a long ago. I personally like this place the best.
This is the Vatican Plaza in the early evening. Because it was just before Christmas, there were many people queuing up in front of the church. There is a Christmas tree in the middle of the Plaza. I could understand that this place indeed is Mecca for Christian people.
And this is the back view of the Colosseum. It’s partially ruined, but that adds a nice flavor to this structure. Rome was totally different from Florence, the city of Renaissance.
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