Arab News Japan
DUBAI: Japan’s National Football team’s uniform for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 draws on the traditional origami paper-folding art that was part of the closing ceremony at the 2002 World Cup in Yokohama.
Twenty years ago, about 2.7 million Japanese “orizuru” paper cranes fluttered in the air, in the Japanese finale as Brazil took the World Cup home.
The Samurai Blue’s uniform features the ‘orizuru’ papers, which, according to Sho Takaki of Adidas Japan, is “not just beautiful with its shape; people can also put their wishes and thoughts into it (while folding one).”
The names and numbers on the back of the team’s shirts are printed in bright yellow so that viewers on smartphones and tablets can better recognize players.
Their white away kit also has origami patterns on the shoulders.
The origami patterns on both new shirts are not depicted in the fully completed forms — of popular cranes and planes, for example — and this, Takaki said, is central to the concept.
Adidas Japan posted an ad featuring Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi, Shunsuke Nakamura, Dragon Ash, YONCE and Japanese World Cup icons, wearing the kit.
Many on social media are spreading rumors, however, claiming that the kit was inspired from famous Manga “Bluelock” and “Giant Killing.”
The rumors are false as the kits were simply revealed through the manga, as shown in another video posted by Adidas Japan’s official YouTube channel.