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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. 14, 2017 | Posted in Blog, Shoemaking , | Tags:, | Language:
Reporter: Masami ISHIZUKA | Course: Shoemaking

Shoe Making 19-Master Course 2016 (Student2)

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I cooked carbonara pasta with the instructions by my Chef Training course friend. It tasted much richer than carbonara pasta in Japan.

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Octopus stewed in red wine sauce. Surprisingly, octopus is very popular here.

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A dumpster in Italy. They lift the dumpster high and dispose the garbage inside from the bottom opening into the garbage truck.

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I went to a shoetree factory. Here you can purchase made-to-order shoetrees.

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Besides plastic ones, you can still have wooden shoetrees made in Italy.

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We visited Ducal for the Master Course lesson. It was a classically decorated shop.

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In the basement atelier, there were many embossing tools. They were very interesting to look at.

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This is the collection room for the shoes made here. They are all originals and look very cool.

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I purchased a several sets of shoetrees. OK, I’m starting!

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