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The Cherry Blossom Kimono

Rui Hachimura’s first kimono releases on March 21, 2021. The kimono tells the story of one of Washington DC’s most powerful icons, the cherry blossom tree, donated by the city of Tokyo in 1912, to memorialize the relationship between the two countries. The release is timed with the blooming of cherry blossom trees in Tokyo and Washington DC. The trees have a special significance to Hachimura, being Japanese and playing for the Washington Wizards.

Cherry Blossom Kimono

About Rui

Early Years

Hailing from Toyama, Japan, at just 23-years old Rui Hachimura has already made history and a lasting impact globally in the sports world. At the age of 13, Hachimura was introduced to basketball by his middle school classmate and since then he has never looked back. Attending basketball powerhouse Mesei High School in Sendai, Japan, Hachimura’s potential was being recognized by Universities in the United States as he won three-straight national championships. He decided to attend Gonzaga University, as he tried to achieve his ultimate dream of making it to the NBA. At Gonzaga, Hachimura shined and was a key figure in the three years he played for the Bulldogs, as he was named 2019 WCC Player of the Year and earned the Julius Erving Award, which is given to the nations top small forward, in his junior season at Gonzaga.

In June of 2019, Hachimura was selected in the first round (ninth overall) in the NBA Draft by the Washington Wizards, becoming the first Japanese-born player to ever be selected in the first round. He made an immediate impact on the Wizards in his rookie season and was named NBA All-Rookie Second Team. Hachimura, who was previously known as the “Hope of Japan” in his home country, is now regularly associated with his own brand “Black Samurai” as he continues to write his own story and becomes an icon not only in Japan but globally.

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