Japanese Movie Star Breaks Bricks with Forehead Before Throwing Out First Pitch (Video)

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When I first sat down to write this post about fifteen seconds ago, I thought I was going to start it off with a couple of clever lines poking fun of Japan and their silly ways. Because a lady breaking bricks with her forehead before throwing out the first pitch to a catcher backed by four furry anthropomorphic mascots? That’s just bizarre!

But then I realized that, over the last few years here in North America, we’ve seen first pitches from RoboCop, Snake Eyes, a dinosaur, a cat, and a lady with a pitching wedge. And seeing as how I apparently live in a big glass house, maybe I should skip the cultural commentary and just report the facts.

So here are the facts. On Sunday, prior to the Chiba Lotte Mariners-Saitama Seibu Lions game in Tokorozawa, 23-year-old actress/martial artist Takeda Rina threw out the first pitch. To the aforementioned four furry mascots. After breaking ten bricks with her forehead.

Take a look:

That’s something, isn’t it?

Of course, the more I think about it, the more I realize that the weirdest thing about this is the fact that, in Japan, they actually have a ceremonial batter taking a ceremonial first swing at the ceremonial first pitch. And that’s just silly, right?

Hat Tip – [The Big Lead]

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