For their latest release Asics have looked to the Japanese legend of forbidden love, Tanabata. Tanabata is the story of a beautiful weaver princess Orihime and a cow Herder called Hikoboshi, who fell madly in love but were separated by Orihime’s father and where only allowed to see each other once a year, on the seventh day of the seventh month. With this in mind the 7th of July has become a day where people across Japan celebrate Tanabata, also know as the Festival of Stars, by writing down their one wish on colourful pieces of paper, known as Tanzaku, and hanging them on bamboo in the hope that their wish will come true.
This year ASICS Tiger will be celebrating Tanabata with the release of the Tanabata Pack, which consists of a GEL-KAYANO TRAINER and GEL-RESPECTOR. The GEL-KAYANO TRAINER, which sports a predominantly Antique Moss upper, constructed from a mix of suede and hairy suede, with a small hit of Duffelbag at the heel and a Light Olive midsole and outsole.
The GEL-RESPECTOR switches the colourway around, with Duffel Bag covering the majority of the textured and smooth leather upper and a small Antique Moss suede accent at the heel. On the GEL-RESPECTOR the midsole and outsole are finished in Sand, for a slightly lighter look. Both pairs feature custom insoles, with the word Tanabata written in Japanese in the GEL-KAYANO TRAINER, whilst a stylised image of a traditional streamer is featured in the GEL-RESPECTOR.
The ASICS Tiger Tanabata Pack will be available July 7, 2016 at selected Family and Friends retailers.