Nike Air Jordan 9 was the first one released after Michael Jordan??s retirement. It was originally released in 1993 when Michael was in Asia to promote for Nike. Air Jordan 9 contains lots of Japanese elements. On the back of the sneaker, you will see a rising sun which is the symbol of Japan with Michael Jordan??s number ??23??. And the other special design of it is its sole??there are different languages ranging from Swahili, Russian, German to Spanish, French and Japanese to describe MJ??s sporting sprits and his achievement. The languages and contents are different from left to right shoe. What an amazing design!