Monday is Hot Baseball Wife Day here at UmpBump, and today’s entry is Maki Ofuji, the wife of Seattle Mariners catcher Kenji Johjima. Born in Kyushu, Maki started modelling in high school and soon began appearing as a model in commercial ad campaigns. By the age of 20, she was already being hailed as one of the “Queens of Kyushu advertising.” She became so popular that she even began appearing in her own line of “idol” videos and photobooks.
Maki met Kenji Johjima when he was a highly touted rookie on the Fukuoka Daiei Hawks. The couple was married in 2000, after which Maki gave up her modeling career to focus on raising a family. Together the couple has three children – sons Yuta and Keita, and daughter Miu.
According to the Japanese version of Wikipedia, Maki and Kenji are famous in Japan for their harmonious marriage. Kenji famously once said “Without the support of my wife and children, my life would not be possible,” which was considered an incredibly moving and sensitive thing for a Japanese man to say.
More pictures after the jump…