BIOGRAPHY

大塚みか/Mika Otsuka

「美人の国」栃木県足利市のご当地アイドル「渡良瀬橋43」の第1期生として、大好きな地元、足利をPRしたいという想いから2014年にデビュー。渡良瀬橋43の中心メンバーとして活躍してきた。2017年からはソロアーティストとしての活動が主体となっている。足利市の地域資源「足利銘仙」という着物を着ての活動を継続してきた。2017年3月にPRの一環で訪れたハワイと出会う。ハワイのみなさんの応援もあり、ハワイと足利、ハワイと日本の交流活動がスタート。渡良瀬橋43として「とちぎ未来大使」、「あしかが輝き大使」をつとめる。

Mika Otsuka is a singer from Ashikaga, Japan. Born in 1997, she started her career as a member of an idol group called Watarasebashi43, promoting her hometown, Ashikaga (Tochigi Prefecture). Her love for Ashikaga and music led her to Hawaii. When she performed a stage in Hawaii in March 2017, she found the connection between Meisen(a kind of kimono made in Ashikaga) and Aloha shirts. It is said that Japanese immigrants made shirts out of kimono fabric(thought to be Meisen) they brought from Japan and that the shirts were the origin of what is now Aloha shirts. Finding the unique connection between Ashikaga and Hawaii, she started her career in Hawaii, trying to be a bridge between her hometown and Hawaii. She is now visiting Hawaii frequently and making connections there and performing there. She also began to learn Hawaiian music, dance and culture.