It was in 1985 when the very first Jordan branded Nike shoe was launched, and it was dubbed Air Jordan 1. Thirty years later, to celebrate the anniversary of this historic piece of footwear, Nike Japan will open the digital and high-tech Michael Jordan Museum 23 in Tokyo. As an added bonus, His Airness, Michael Jordan himself will be present at the festivities.
For a limited time only, basketball fans and followers of His Airness can check out the Nike Michael Jordan Museum 23 at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo from October 16 to 18. According to sources and the official Nike Japan website, admission is free, but visitors must pre-register to reserve their slots to enter the venue. Only about 30 participants will be selected to attend the event. These lucky visitors can also get a chance to meet and greet Michael Jordan, who will be visiting Japan once again for the first time in 11 years.
What do Japanese NBA and Nike fans expect to see at Museum 23? There is a specially constructed half-court surrounded by a large-screen that will project his photos and signature Jumpman pose as well as footage of the most memorable games that Michael Jordan won throughout his legendary career. Perhaps the most unforgettable one was the 1998 NBA Finals wherein he scored the winning shot and was awarded his 6th Most Valuable Player trophy. It is rumored that His Airness will reenact that last shot in the Museum and grant the lucky visitors an immersive experience they will never forget.
Aside from the digital exhibit of images and videos of MJ’s career, one can also see the collection of all Air Jordan sneaker releases, from Air Jordan 1 in 1985 to the Air Jordan 29 which was launched in 2014 and endorsed by NBA starts Kawhi Leonard and Russell Westbrook.
The Museum 23 Tokyo is only one of many tributes to Michael Jordan and the Nike brand. In 2012, a private collector from Las Vegas opened the ShoeZeum, which houses the world’s largest collection of iconic Nike shoes (with a Guinness World Record to boot). In May 2015, Chicago launched an open air museum and exhibit to honor the city’s most famous Chicago Bull, Michael Jordan. For added information, the largest Michael Jordan memorabilia collection on the planet can be found on H23, a museum in Brooklyn, New York.