Dating back to the 17th century, Germany and Japan have been sharing a friendly relationship for several centuries. To celebrate an event that dates back only 30 years and still closely connects both countries, adidas presents the ZX 8000 Kirschblütenallee Pack.
When the Berlin Wall came down and West Germany was reunited with East Germany in 1990, the Asahi Sakura Campaign (initiated by Japanese television network “tv asahi”) donated a very special gift. Raising over 1 million € through public donations, they planted 9000 cherry trees in Berlin’s TV-Asahi-Kirschblütenallee. The Cherry Blossom Alley reminds of the German-Japanese friendship as well as a beautiful tradition from Nippon. The two festivites of Hanami and Yozakura serve as an opportunity for friends to come together on picnic mats to appreciate the beauty of Sakura – the Japanese word for cherry blossoms.
With two ZX 8000s, adidas takes inspiration from both sides of the longstanding custom. First up, the “Hanami” colorway features a tonal pink upper with red hits to represent the daytime festivities. The “Yozakura” version then portrays the evening celebrations with a tonal grey palette and pink hits. Both shoes come with Tokyo and Berlin lace jewels, Sakura graphics on the tongue tab, picnic mat inspired insoles and an extra set of laces. A special box featuring a split graphic of plaid German picnic mat and a Japanese blue tarpaulin mat completes the pack.
DID YOU KNOW?
With the help of Tokyo’s mita sneakers, adidas already paid homage to Japan with a special ZX 8000 colorway. Released back in 2013, the collab used subtle grey and white tones with EQT green accents.
Release Details – adidas ZX 8000 Kirschblütenallee Pack
The adidas ZX 8000 Kirschblütenallee Pack releases globally on March 28, 2020. It drops via adidas.de as well as at select retailers.
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