Source: © JAPAN Forward [Hidden Wonders of Japan] A Maiko Does the Ceremonial First Pitch at Koshien Baseball Stadium 2019-06-17 Mon 2019-06-17 Mon Kanako, a maiko from Miyagawacho, Kyoto, does the ceremonial first pitch in Koshien Baseball Stadium on May 22, 2019. Photo by Sankei Shimbun | © JAPAN Forward The weather in Japan is getting progressively hotter, with temperatures hitting the 30 degree mark even in the third week of May. But with warmer weather, there is something many are looking forward to: baseball. Witnessed by avid fans of every age and from every corner of Japan, the ceremonial first pitch in Hyogo this year was a bit different from your usual match. Photo by Sankei Shimbun | © JAPAN Forward Kanako, a maiko (young geisha) had a special role as ceremonial first pitcher at the Hanshin Tigers vs. Yakult Swallows game at the Hanshin Koshien stadium in Hyogo on May 22. It was the first time a kimono-clad maiko had stood on the holy mound. She pitched the ball from her right hand with full force, and the catcher caught it in his glove. (...) Written by Japan ForwardThe continuation of this article can be read on the "Japan Forward" site.[Hidden Wonders of Japan] A Maiko Does the Ceremonial First Pitch at Koshien Baseball Stadium By - Ben K. Source:© JAPAN Forward Tags: Baseball / first pitch / JAPAN Forward / Koshien / Kyoto / Maiko grape Japan Culture [Hidden Wonders of Japan] A Maiko Does the Ceremonial First Pitch at Koshien Baseball Stadium Related Article Tea Ware Exhibition at Suntory Museum Promises Rare Look at Japanese Culture Free Downloadable Environment Lets You Explore Kyoto’s Famouse Fushimi Inari Shrine With Unreal Engine 4 Rainbow Sunset in Japan Brings ‘Your Name’ Scenery into Reality Every Year Has A Character: Japan Chooses Its “Kanji of the Year” 2017 Blind Spots among the Neon Lights – Homelessness in Japan’s Urban Areas This High School Baseball Player Does Moves Like Martial Arts In The Box… It’s A Must-See!