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Nationality: Japan
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.

Apr. 12, 2017 | Posted in Top Stories, Shoe Making & Shoe Design , | Tags:, | Language:
Reporter: Masami ISHIZUKA | Course: Shoe Making/Design

Shoe Making 25-Master Course 2016 (Student2)

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I learned the Norwegian method which is one of hand-made manufacturing methods. I chose the monk type.

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It took about 2 months to finish after all, also because of spring break.
But I think that it put up a good show.

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I went to Venice. I was surprised that there is a canal just in front of the station!

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The townscapes are put between canal and canal. It is not so far from Florence, but I am touched by the totally different city.

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If you take a ferry from Venice and go for about 30 minutes, there are small islands. One of them is this Brano Island. It is so popular by the very colorful cityscape.

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It is a single building, but is separated inside. It is easy to understand which is your home because they are painted differently by vivid colors.

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It is a church in the city. I was surprised to see that the tower is oblique like the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

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Not only the building but also the laundry was colorful, I thought the whole city is very fashionable!

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When I asked the check at the restaurant, they put it in a mini pot instead of a tray. I found these small things so cute.

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ヴェネチアの街にある教会です。San Marco地区は観光客でとても賑わっていました。

This is a church in the city of Venice. San Marco area was very crowded by many tourists.

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