Often dubbed the “Bean-Throwing Festival,” Setsubun is best commemorated in the shoe’s added imagery. Across the back heel, for example, Tsuno Daishi, the Great Horned Master, is embroidered in purple thread, with Swooshes replacing his horns. The figure’s appearance, while seemingly ominous, actually protects from evil and illness. Elsewhere, the graphic along the insole borrows from Edo period artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi’s work, its vibrant colors displaying the folk hero Kintarō in action.You can capture the essence of the holiday through the shoe’s various details. Tsuno Daishi, the Great Horned Master — a figure that is believed to protect from sickness and evil — is highlighted on the lateral heel through purple embroidery, and his horns have been substituted with Nike Swooshes. If you slip out the insoles, you’ll notice that artwork from Utagawa Kuniyoshi is plastered on them in all-over fashion. It features his “Kintoki Throwing Beans at Fleeing Demon” piece that displays the folk hero Kintarō. Elsewhere on the kicks, the kicks are prepared with toe boxes and quarters that have cobblestone-like patterns, double stacked purple and brown Swooshes and dark brown overlays.
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