You may or may not already know this, but Tokyo’s Shibuya district is home to the “Jordan Court,” which is a basketball court that was opened by Michael Jordan back in May 2004. Michael Jordan himself cut the ribbon to mark the opening of the court. Michael Jordan was also there as a part of Jordan Brand promotional tour across Asia. Of course, this was not the first time he visited Tokyo. He made a trip there back in 1996 for a basketball clinic. Apparently, the Air Jordan 12 “International Flight” is drawing inspiration from Michael Jordan’s connection with Tokyo, including that particular 1996 trip.
Today, Air Jordan releases 2018 are as popular in Japan as they are stateside or in other countries. It was back in the 1990s when Japanese children became interested in sneaker culture and Air Jordan sneakers rose to fame. It is not a mere coincidence that Jordan Brand chose the Air Jordan 12 to sport this Tokyo-themed “International Flight” colorway, considering that elements of the model were inspired by “Rising Sun Flag of Japan.” Around the time of the Jordan Tokyo 23 Basketball Tournament that took place back in 2011 in Yoyogi Park, Jordan Brand released Tokyo-exclusive “Tokyo 23” colorways of the Air Jordan 3 and the Jordan CP3.IV.
Fortunately, the Air Jordan 12 “International Flight” does not seem to be similarly exclusive. So, it will be among upcoming Air Jordan releases 2018 that are a part of Jordan Brand’s Fall lineup. With the exception of its plain White, textured mudguards, the rest of its uppers are made up of Navy Blue-colored suede and have a kimono print embossed onto them. The kanji characters featured on the heel tabs actually translate to “Jordan.” This Air Jordan 12 “International Flight” will debut on September 8. Additionally, the Air Jordan 3 and 5 from the pack will make their respective retail debuts on June 30th and August 4th, 2018.
Air Jordan 12 “International Flight”