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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.

Mar. 21, 2017 | Posted in Reports, Shoemaking , | Tags:, Reporter: Masami ISHIZUKA | Course: Shoemaking

Shoe Making 23-Master Course 2016 (Student2)

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There are marvelous drawings exhibited in the Pitti Palace. This one is by Raffaello.

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This one is also by Raffaello.

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Another one by Raffaello. I was able to notice so as it looked familiar.

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There is the Boboli Garden in the back of the Pitti Palace. It’s open with no admission charge on every 1st Sunday of each month, so we enjoyed a spring picnic.

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From further up in the garden you get to see this kind of view. This garden is so big to see it all in just one day.

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We made insoles for the size of our feet in the Master course project of the medical shoe making.

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It will take around 3 days to completely dry.

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A plastic stick is put in the insole for reinforcement.

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I learned how to make a good cup of coffee. I found lectures on coffee variety, coffee beans at Italian cafes, etc., all very interesting.

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This latte art was done by a professional barista, not by me. It was so quickly drawn!

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You use a skinny stick to draw latte art over chocolate syrup poured over coffee. No, I’m too ashamed to show my latte art here.



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