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Emi Ota
Emi Ota

Nationality: Japan
Course: Internship
Program: Internship
Period: Sept 1,2016- Sept 30,2017


I am an intern photographer and assistant at Accademia Riaci.
I quit my job as a photographer in Japan and came here with my husband who wanted to work at a restaurant in Italy. I took a Gelato Internship Course at Accademia Riaci meanwhile.
After my new challenge, however, I began to think that there was more possibility in the photography field in Italy so I decided to go back to my area of expertise and restart.
I love coffee, so I enjoy visiting coffee bars in and around town.
I hope I can let you know useful and helpful Italian daily-life and school information in my reports.

Nov. 17, 2016 | Posted in Blog, Internship , | Tags:, | Language:
Reporter: Emi Ota | Course: Internship

Internship 4-Internship Course 2016



I interviewed Mr. Nishino in a short-term Gelato Internship Course.

Mr. Nishino runs his own gelato shop in Japan. As he was willing to learn more about Italian gelato, he became a gelato intern for a month at a very popular gelato shop in Florence.
The owner of the shop, Mr. Francesco, made an ice cream cake for him to celebrate his birthday on the very day of this interview.
He came back to school with the cake and enjoyed the delicious treat with his school mates.


(Mr. Nishino’s comments)
This has been a great experience for me! Instead of studying on my own, I came all the way to Florence to learn more about gelato in Italy, the home of gelato.
Although I was concerned about language comprehension, I could really enjoy taking both gelato and Italian lessons because teachers were so kind and both classes were full of fun.
There were a lot of differences between my own method and true Italian method of gelato making, so it took a little while to get used to gelato making. But as I got used to the method here, the owner let me make gelato in the shop.
The most important thing I was able to learn in Italy was the way people enjoyed their work. Working with music, washing tools with tapping feet, and changing the music depending on the flavor in preparation – I was able to enjoy studying and communicating even without advanced language ability.
“I make people happy with my gelato,” I will keep this aim in mind after I go back to Japan. I really hope to deliver the flavors and spirits that I learned in Italy to people in Japan!

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I hope Mr. Nishino will deliver delicious and now “true” Italian flavors to his customers.

(Mr. Nishino’s gelato shop information)
Open for walk-in customers on irregular Saturdays during summer time.
1-12-0, Chuo-cho, Tamashima, Kurashiki, Okayama Pref., Japan

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