Mikuni is a project that delves into Japan's unexpected love affair with baseball and examines how the sport has become deeply ingrained in the country's culture. A collection of environmental portraits and action shots, the project offers a glimpse into the grassroots baseball scene in the urban backdrop of Osaka, which has become a hotbed for the sport.
Despite its American origins, baseball quickly captured the hearts of the Japanese people after it was introduced to the country in the late 1800s. However, it wasn't until after World War II when American GI's occupied Japan and heavily promoted the sport that it truly took hold and became a national obsession. Today, it is Japan's largest participatory and spectator sport.