Connecting ASICS and Onitsuka Tiger’s Japanese origins with hanon’s roots in Scotland, we pay tribute to the original Scottish samurai and legendary explorer Thomas Glover.

Hailing from Aberdeenshire in the north east of Scotland, Thomas Glover arrived in Japan in the mid 19th century as a shipping merchant trading in green tea. Within a few years he had played a crucial part in overthrowing the establishment supplying the rebelling Samurai clans with Scottish designed ships and modern arms. As well as introducing the first steam train in Japan he was a pivotal figure in the industrialisation of the country and is today regarded as a national hero.

Inspiration for our collaboration comes about from both Thomas Glover’s Scottish roots and adopted home in Japan.