The “SMBC Japan Series 2023” began on October 28.
Behind the Hanshin and Orix teams, there were two “Orihime” competing with each other for the top spot in Japan. One was actress and figure skater Mochiyui Honda, 19, who appeared on TV Tokyo’s broadcast of the second game of the Japan Series on March 29.
Mochiyui is the younger sister of Marin Honda (22), the third daughter of five siblings in the Honda family, known for their figure skating family. She became interested in professional baseball after interviewing various athletes for a sports program that used to be broadcast locally in the Kansai area.
The reason Honda was cast in the Japan Series broadcast was because she is a fan of the Orix, a team of “good-looking” players.
Perhaps it was her experience in sports programs, but Honda handled the reporting itself without a hitch. His skills were solid. However, he was always being pulled away from the camera to talk about episodes related to ORIX, and some fans criticized him for overexposing himself and talking too much.
In contrast to Honda, the “Princess of Ori” who is gaining more and more recognition in the professional baseball world is
Yayoi Miyagi (17), the younger sister of Orix ace left fielder Daiya Miyagi (22).
Her popularity exploded when she was accidentally caught on TV at the WBC finals this spring. A major entertainment agency scouted her
and she entered the entertainment industry. I had always wanted to be a TV personality and actress, so it was a dream come true. However, his talk was not yet at the level of a professional, and his activities were limited.
The Orix people are also very pleased with him.
“Yayoi attended Miyagi’s press conference in ’19 as a member of his family, and most of the players know her, including the team’s executives
. If you meet her at the ballpark, she will say things like, ‘You’ve grown up,’ ‘You’ve become cute,’ and so on.
She also went around greeting them, bowing politely and saying, ‘
Thank you, please take care of my brother for me’ . There are plans to invite him as a surprise guest to the fan appreciation event in November.
The two are so contrasting. It seems that what separated them was their “modesty and naivete.
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