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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.

Feb. 09, 2017 | Posted in Reports, Shoemaking , | Tags:, Reporter: Masami ISHIZUKA | Course: Shoemaking

Shoe Making 18-Master Course 2016 (Student2)

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I attended a photo lesson for taking better photos with the smartphone cameras. The instructor used to be a student here, and she was an excellent teacher. I took a picture of my black Derby shoes with mint green pipings.

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I fixed my friend’s shoes. Although I knew how Goodyear shoes were constructed, I had a hard time fixing these. I hope my friend will be wearing them for a longer period of time with my work.

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I will be working on monk shoes from next week. They will be made by the Norwegian method.

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This Monday was Jo’s birthday. We celebrated with a birthday cake in pink, which is her color.

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Prof. Angelo brought a bottle of Champaign for us. Because Jo always bakes sweets for us, she got many presents from the classmates.

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We visited one of the classmates’ flat. We enjoyed a drink before going to a Spanish tapas restaurant.

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I cooked a pizza. Although the dough was ready-made, it was chewy and delicious.
This photo is a margarita pizza. The one with ham and veggies were good, too.

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Florence is not a seafood city. Because I missed fish, I sautéed deep fried fish with tomato sauce. I totally enjoyed this dish after a long time of life without eating fish.

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I decided to go to the shoe fair in Milan on February 12. These are tickets for the express train. Departing ticket costs 38 Euro, and return ticket costs 15 Euro. Early bird discount is always a good deal in Italy.

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This is a calendar in Italy. Dates are printed vertically, something I still have a hard time getting used to.



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