USA Swimming and global swimwear brand arena unveiled their inspirational, one-of-a-kind Team USA Bishamon Collection kit ahead of next summer’s big event.
The Americana branded uniform will be worn by every U.S. swimmer within the competition venue in Tokyo.
The U.S. Bishamon Collection uniforms invoke the warrior spirit and divine favor of Japanese tradition. One of the Seven Gods of Fortune in Japanese folklore, Bishamon (or Bishamonten) is an armor-clad warrior god, a guardian deity who protects and brings divine favor in battle. He carries a spear in one hand and, in the other, a pagoda symbolizes a divine treasure house, whose contents he both guards and gives away.
The Collection honors this spirit, celebrating the fighter that exists in everyone, and supporting them with arena’s distinctive armor so that they can be at their very best during the heat of the battle, whether it’s in a global competition pool or a community center training session.
For the collection’s design, arena combined the Bishamon’s warrior expression with the pattern of his armor, the Bishamon Kikko, inspired by the shell of a tortoise and representing longevity and good luck. The result is a design that symbolizes both protection and good fortune, with a singular ultimate goal: victory.
The collection’s available pieces, including hooded jackets, half zip shirts, tank tops, raglan t-shirts, Bermuda shorts, long tights, and men’s and women’s swimwear, can be purchased at www.arenasport.com.