I try my very best to show deference to shoemaking tradition, while at the same time, as a person living in the 21st century, I also try to create shoes that reflect our ‘current generation’.
How many artisans do you currently have at your shop?
In bespoke shoemaking is the customer always right?
What’s the scariest man shoe trend that you see today and what is the trends that you like/dislike most?
Regarding the scariest man shoe trend, ‘elegant’ shoes; or if I were to use a more critical term, I would say the trend of ‘dainty/feebly’ or ‘delicate’ men’s shoes. I particularly dislike trends that focus purely on design, and in the process ignore comfort and fit.
What golden advice you have for an apprentice dreaming of becoming a bespoke shoemaker?
What’s the most satisfying part of your job?
What’s the most difficult part of your job?
What was the most challenging project so far?
What shoe would you like to make in the future that you have not yet made?
I would like to create a masterpiece that will be synonymous with a ‘Japanese style’ of shoe, just as distinctive as British and Italian shoes.
What shoe style do you prefer the most?
What are your favorite places to spend your evenings?
In my living room at home.
What is your favorite word?
What is your least favorite word?
This is enough, or this will do
What turns you on (creatively, spiritually or emotionally)?
The four seasons of Japan.
What turns you off?
What is your favorite curse word?
I like adding the phrase ‘baka-yarou’ (lit. you idiot) to the end of sentences just as Japanese film director Takeshi Kitano is known to use to hide embarrassment. I like the connotation of this phrase as Director Takeshi Kitano uses it in ‘Kikujiro’.
What sound or a noise do you love?
What profession would you not like to do?
Machinery based work.
If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?