New Balance have revealed FC Tokyo's bespoke third kit for the 2021 season - and it's absolutely beautiful.
The shirt is mainly black, with the pattern drawing inspiration from the unmistakable Tokyo Sky Tree and Tokyo Tower - Japan’s tallest building. A bold central graphic reminiscent of the illuminated towers on a summer night is included in the club colours of blue and red, ensuring a modern twist on the classic design.
Equipped with innovative 'NB Dry' technology, the jersey is engineered to help keep players fresh and sweat-free. Matching shorts help to complete the look. All of the team's strips are part of New Balance's 'You Are Tokyo' campaign, which is aiming to unite the city's football fans through FC Tokyo.
"Tokyo Tower is one of Japan’s iconic landmarks and visible from every corner of the city. Just like F.C. Tokyo, the building has a rich history and is a key part of the city’s identity. New Balance was keen to harness its influence on the local landscape as a fantastic source of inspiration for the team to wear on their travels," Kenny McCallum, General Manager at New Balance Football said.
FC Tokyo midfielder Hirotaka Mita added: "New Balance have really impressed me with their design. Tokyo Sky Tree and Tokyo Tower is so familiar to all the players, fans and supporters. We are looking forward to wearing a small reminder of Tokyo’s incredible skyline whenever we have to play away from home."
The team have had a mixed start to the J-League season and currently sit tenth out 20 teams after 11 games.
If you like to back an underdog and want to spice up your football shirt collection with a taste of Japan, the jersey is available to buy now from the club's official website. You better act quick though, as there are only limited numbers available.