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post #31 of 52
Nicely put Joonian
post #32 of 52

This is great information.

Thanks for posting!

post #33 of 52
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Funny how these guys are considered artisans, but our trying the same is thought of as weirdly obsessive.


I guess it's one of those Japanese culture things.  They take enormous pride in their craft- whatever it is.  For us "shoeshine boy" is a lowly position in the world, but they tend to be less concerned about the status of their trade and more concerned about the perfection of it. 

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I guess it's one of those Japanese culture things.  They take enormous pride in their craft- whatever it is.  For us "shoeshine boy" is a lowly position in the world, but they tend to be less concerned about the status of their trade and more concerned about the perfection of it. 

 

Exhibit A...

 

 

post #35 of 52
My wife (Japanese) and I were just watching this again tonight!
post #36 of 52
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My wife (Japanese) and I were just watching this again tonight!

 

Really a phenomenal film, imho.

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Really a phenomenal film, imho.

Some of the shit he says is monumentally simple and just mind-blowing.  (Much like his sushi I imagine!)

 

"Once you decide on your occupation... you must immerse yourself in your work. You have to fall in love with your work. Never complain about your job. You must dedicate your life to mastering your skill. That's the secret of success... and is the key to being regarded honorably."

 

Even shining shoes. 

 

While we were still dating my wife was working in Tokyo (Harajuku) in the fashion world and her job was pretty glamorous.  When we got married she quit and took a part-time job at Ikea selling hot dogs.  I was flabbergasted that she would take a job so far below her abilities.  But when we talked about it she said that it was a good job and she didn't mind selling hot dogs.  Any job you take should be done to the best of your ability.   

 

I am always in awe of their work ethic.  Makes me feel lazy though. 

post #38 of 52
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My wife (Japanese) and I were just watching this again tonight!

My gf and I love the documentary too!
post #39 of 52
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Some of the shit he says is monumentally simple and just mind-blowing.  (Much like his sushi I imagine!)

"Once you decide on your occupation... you must immerse yourself in your work. You have to fall in love with your work. Never complain about your job. You must dedicate your life to mastering your skill. That's the secret of success... and is the key to being regarded honorably."

Even shining shoes. 

While we were still dating my wife was working in Tokyo (Harajuku) in the fashion world and her job was pretty glamorous.  When we got married she quit and took a part-time job at Ikea selling hot dogs.  I was flabbergasted that she would take a job so far below her abilities.  But when we talked about it she said that it was a good job and she didn't mind selling hot dogs.  Any job you take should be done to the best of your ability.   

I am always in awe of their work ethic.  Makes me feel lazy though. 

"If a man is called to be a streetsweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived a great streetsweeper who did his job well. "

Martin Luther King Jr
post #40 of 52
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This is great information.
Thanks for posting!

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nutcracker,

Thank you for taking the time to do this. This was really great.

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This is fantastic. Major props to you, OP.

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fantastic!  thanks a lot for the effort!

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Thank you


Thanks!! Much appreciated!!!
post #41 of 52
Great post. Btw, just ordered some Collonil goat hair brushes from a seller on EBay, $14 each. Hoping they eliminate the scratches I see on my SC shoes when I buff them.
post #42 of 52
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Great post. Btw, just ordered some Collonil goat hair brushes from a seller on EBay, $14 each. Hoping they eliminate the scratches I see on my SC shoes when I buff them.

Thanks!
Yeah, I've handled the Collonil goat hair brush. Very soft inlove.gif
They cost $30 USD here in Japan. Looks like you got a great deal.
post #43 of 52

This is perfect!  Just what someone starting to invest in quality shoes needs, thanks a lot 

post #44 of 52
Not sure if this is the right thread to ask but seems like as good a place as any - does anyone know if Kinokuniya in NYC is still stocking Last Magazine? I haven't seen it the last few times I've passed by. I suppose I could ask them to special order it, but for a while they had all of the back issues on the racks. . .
post #45 of 52
You could have them order or order from their online store.

Or, Amazon Japan is a very good alternative when you buy >$100 worth of books.
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