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■ Japan has two best places for making shoes, Asakusa and Kobe. Did you feel anything about Kobe?

N: Kobe was completely out of my idea because I knew nothing about Kobe. Kyoto has been a place of my longing, however. When you make something, you get influenced so much by the place where you are. Kyoto has some Japan-like atmosphere here and everywhere. I believe this is the best place to make Japanese-like products.


■ I see. Please talk about the material of Kawageta.





N: Okay. We always use case leather on Kawageta. Case leather, after it gets wet and shaped and goes dried, it changes its shape. Moreover, that is not too hard and not too soft. Then, it is so comfortable to put on. So I can say the design came from the material.


■ How about the design?

N: Maybe, you think we Kikkabo produce nothing but unique shoes. But we are always sticking to the basics. Look at the cut of the foot insertion and the depth. We made it so simply. Not chasing anything vogue, we are mindful of realizing the standard which stored up in my soul.


■ It made comfortable to walk, you know. What did they, your companions in Asakusa, say about Kikkabo?

N: “Your theme never goes well” said they who were honestly worried about me. Recently, they say “well done!”


■ Through long painful days, you've got it. You must owe many thanks to your customers. How about them?

N: Most of them don’t care about commonsense, I guess. They look free about anything. Sometimes, Tabi Shoes are wanted by the one who wears a kimono because they feel kind of cold when they put on zori.





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