In the middle of May, on a bus platform in Boston, I looked up at the sky. It was bright blue as if painted by water colors. Meanwhile, I had mustered all my courage, and my brain was full of adrenaline. With the engine sound of BRRRRRR, the adventure started. Adventure. It is an exciting experience in which dangerous or unusual things happen. The meaning also involves a willingness to try new things, take risks. Last summer, I made a big bold plan, taking an Italian summer session at Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, and then going to Italy on my own. I decided to go to Italy because I wanted to know what the city of the fashion capital of the world looks like. I desired to know the art of fashion merchandising. Through the adventure that happened that summer, I am convinced that I am captivated by experiencing adventures and willing to try new things and the willingness brings me good things.
In June, the session finished more quickly than I expected. But even though learning basic Italian in English required a lot of translation in my mind, I found it really interesting and I got more confident to jump into Italy. On July 2nd, as soon as I was done with the final test, I rushed to JFK airport and swung aboard the airplane to continue my adventure in Milan, the fashion capital of the world. I was ready for the core of the adventure. Again with the engine sound of the plane, the main adventure started.
Finally I landed in Milan on July 3rd. I spent some days just hanging out with some friends who I met at the hostel but one day when I was hanging around the city by myself, I found a small boutique named Officina Slowear and came in randomly. It turned out to be a conceptual men’s selective clothes store. A bald, old, cold, Italian male clerk who seemed humorless approached me and talked to me. As soon as I said that I was Japanese and studying Fashion Merchandising, he handed me a piece of paper with an address. Before I could...
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