Asics Gel “Tanabata” pack

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For Asics latest release they have looked to the Japanese legend of forbidden love, Tanabata.

This is the story of a beautiful weaver princess named Orihime, who lived high up in the skies. She was the daughter of the Heaven God and everyday she would diligently weave cloth for her father. Soon her father began to worry that she was working too hard and he decided to introduce her to a young cow herder named Hikoboshi. The two immediately fell in love, and in their lovesick state they forgot all about their duties. The cows became ill and the cloth remained unwoven. Angry, the Heaven God decided to separate the two using the Milky Way, so the two would no longer be allowed to see one another, except for once a year. Devastated, Orihime wept all day, which upset the Heaven God and got him to change his mind. The two lovers were given permission to see each other again, but there was a catch. They could only meet once a year, on the seventh day of the seventh month, unless it (seven being thought to be the lucky number), however if it rained. In that case the river would flood and the two would not be able to see each other. Therefore, the two would always pray for good weather and if they met successfully, if they met, then everyone who made a wish on that day would also have their wishes come true.

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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.

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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.

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Asics Gel-Kayano Trainer “Tanabata”
Antique Moss/Antique Moss    
Launch: Thursday 7th July 00:01BST
Price: £109.00