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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.

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

Shoe Making 29-Master Course 2016 (Student2)

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I took a barista course to learn how to make café. The barista who came to teach me works at the famous bar very close to Duomo in the central.

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The temporary bar is set for me to do this course.

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I learned how to make cappuccino and also did some decorations on top. It was not easy, but this decoration is supposed to be the basic, so I tried.

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アンジェロ先生と最後の授業の日。 感謝の気持ちとJoさんが作ってくれたケーキでお別れです。小さな靴のトッピングがとても可愛らしいので、食べずにアンジェロ先生が持って帰りました。

It was the last class with Maestro (Mr.Angelo). Jo made this cake for him and we all thanked him to teach us how to make shoes. He likes these small shoes on the top and took home as a memory.

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I couldn’t finish these shoes. However I am happy to have done this stich.

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I have just finished making these uppers, and I will do the rests in Japan.

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I put the toe-counter as usual.

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This stich looks like this from the inside. This time, I dyed the thread in yellow.

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I picked three colors( mint green, yellow and orange) in it because summer is coming soon.

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These are not my shoes, but I really want to make some kids shoes, too. So I bought one pair of lasts and bring them home. There are still so many things that I have to know about shoes. However I will start to make shoes after going back to Japan and continue to learn how to make shoes much better. I thank you all for everything.



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