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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. 29, 2017 | Posted in Blog, Shoemaking , | Tags:, | Language:
Reporter: Masami ISHIZUKA | Course: Shoemaking

Shoe Making 24-Master Course 2016 (Student2)

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At Rinaldi, where I study for my master course, I made an insole of my own foot model.

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I heat and stick a special sponge on my foot model that I made last time.
And then I put it into the machine.

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When it hardens, I shape it by a grinder and it’s finally done.

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I take it out and cut the border, and it’s ready to put in my shoes.
It fits and makes my shoes much more comfortable.

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It was Lara’s birthday. I made a maki sushi.
I was glad that everyone said it was delicious.

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“Chianti” is a famous wine that Florence proudly boasts.
It was very delicious.

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It’s has almost become one of my routines to go and browse around antique markets on Sundays.
When I go I hope to find some shoemaking tools, but I always end up getting something else.

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This time I bought an antique pen stand, a shaker and a key.

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We have finally reached the final stage, the Norwegian Process.
Next time, it will be completed.

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They play the Beatles’s music.
It’s fun to hang out at night, once in a while.

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