USA Olympic Golf Uniforms: German Brand, Designed By Tokyo Artist, Inspired by Japanese Warrior

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The U.S. Men's Olympic golf team will wear Adidas apparel when they compete in the 2020 Tokyo Games next month. (Photo by Adidas)

At least the colors are red, white, and blue. That’s about it.

The U.S. Olympic golf team will wear uniforms from Adidas, a Germany-based company founded by Adolf Dassler. The design was created by Tokyo-based artist Hiroko Takahashi.

The designs’ were inspired by American history, right?

Wrong.

Takahashi drew upon a saying from Shingen Takeda, the mystical Japanese warrior in the Sengoku period, who inspired others to be “as fast as the wind, as quiet as the forest, as daring as fire, and immovable as the mountain.”

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The U.S. Women’s Olympic golf team will wear Adidas apparel when they compete in the 2020 Tokyo Games next month. (Photo by Adidas)

“Takahashi’s designs are iconic and instantly recognizable through her use of minimal elements like circles and straight lines meant to represent infinite possibilities,” wrote Adidas in a press release.

“Takahashi drew upon a well-known saying in Japan as inspiration for the different designs for each day of competition. The saying comes from Shingen Takeda, a pre-eminent Japanese warrior in the Sengoku period, where he inspired others to be “as fast as the wind, as quiet as the forest, as daring as fire, and immovable as the mountain.”

How very patriotic.

Go U-S-A!

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