Original Story (01/21/22): Following the reveal of the Nike Dunk Low “Setsubun,” an accompanying Nike Dunk High Up has now been revealed.
While the Dunk Low draws inspiration from the bean throwing that takes place at the Japanese festival, the Dunk High Up nods to the festival’s dance of the Seven Lucky Gods. In Japanese tradition, this dance takes place so that the Lucky Gods will bring good luck and health in the new year. For the occasion, the women’s Nike Dunk High Up silhouette gets dressed in sail suede along with hairy orange suede overlays, a purple leather Swoosh, and a mini gold embroidered Swoosh.
The same “demon” motif on the Dunk Low appears on the lateral heel, expect this time in orange. However, the insoles again are the star of the show, as they feature another piece of late Edo-era artwork. This time it’s Kuniyoshi Utagawa’s depiction of Japan’s Seven Lucky Gods (Ebisu, Hotei, Benzaiten, Bishamonten, Daikokuten, Jurōjin, and Fukurokuju).
Check out official images of the Nike Dunk High Up “Setsubun” below. These are dropping at Japanese retailers such as UNDEFEATED on January 30th. No US release is expected, though stay tuned to Modern Notoriety for any updates.
Update (03/10/22): The Nike Dunk High Up “Setsubun” drops in the US on March 16th on Nike.com.
In the official product description, it is revealed that the “demon” embroidered on the heel is actually an image of Tsuno Daishi, The Great Horned Master. According to legend, Tsuno Daishi is actually Ryogen (Ganzan Daishi), the 18th priest of the Tendai Sect of Buddhism, when he transformed himself into an ogre to ward off a Yakubyo-gami (a deity of the transmission of contagious diseases). Talismans of Tsuno Daishi are placed at the entrance of homes to ward off evil spirits.
Nike Dunk High Up PRM “Setsubun”
Color: Sail/Harvest Moon-Hot Curry-Canyon Purple
Style Code: DQ5012-133
Release Date: January 30, 2022 (Japan)
Release Date: March 16, 2022 (US)
Price: $145 USD
Kuniyoshi Utagawa’s Seven Lucky Gods: