Japanese NBA star and Washington Wizards power forward Rui Hachimura and Jordan Brand have released a collection of sweaters, shirts and footwear inspired by Hachimura’s Japanese roots.
The now sold-out Rui Hachimura x Jordan Brand collection, called “Black Samurai,” is Hachimura’s first full collection with the company. The Nike-produced line features four pieces of apparel and two pairs of sneakers. All of the items feature the kanji-inspired logo designed by Hachimura for his Jordan Brand partnership, which was announced in 2019.
Rui Hachimura became the second Japanese-born player to be drafted into the NBA following his selection by the Washington Wizards.
Hachimura, who is half-Black, half-Japanese, was the No. 9 pick during the 2019 NBA draft on Thursday.
Born and raised in Japan to a Beninese father and a Japanese mother, Rui Hachimura knows what it feels like to have the spotlight on him.
In a country as ethnically homogenous as Japan, a “hafu” (or biracial person) like Hachimura stood out like a sore thumb growing up. Throw in his generational basketball talent and Hachimura became instantly recognizable everywhere he went, for better or for worse. By his senior year of high school, he was regularly receiving autograph requests from fans, but also racially-charged adversity from opposing crowds around the country.