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 These Retro Japanese Patterned Icing Cookies Are Almost Too Pretty To Eat Kyoto Local Girl Asachill Guides Us Through The Charms of Pontocho Kyoto Town Comes to Standstill as Residents and Police Escort Ducks from Pond to River Blind Spots among the Neon Lights – Homelessness in Japan’s Urban Areas Kimono Fashion Can Be Cool — Trust Designer Jotaro Saito Japanese chestnut restaurant in Kyoto prepares the finest Mont Blanc before your very eyes!