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Japanese artist paints Saipan’s vibrant life

THIRTY-year-old Japanese freelance artist Ami Otsuka has been contracted by the Marianas Visitors Authority to create eye-catching murals in public places on Saipan.

Otsuka, who arrived here on Feb. 14, has already painted murals at the MVA office and the arrival area of the Francisco C. Ada/Saipan International Airport.

Otsuka is now working on a mural at the Commonwealth Health Center.

Otsuka’s paintings are usually dominated by yellow and orange — the color of sunshine.

Amy Otsuka stands beside the mural she’s painting at the Commonwealth Health Center.  Photo by Lori Lyn C. Lirio Amy Otsuka stands beside the mural she’s painting at the Commonwealth Health Center. Photo by Lori Lyn C. Lirio

“Through my paintings, I want to capture the beauty of Saipan in the morning with splashes of waves and doves flying,” she said.

For her latest mural, she will include children running on the beach.

“Saipan is blessed with beautiful sunshine. Everywhere I look, I see vibrant colors and beautiful people,” she said.

She appreciates the peace and contentment of island life in the Marianas.

With Otsuka are fellow artist Taiki Nagai and lifestyle bloggers Saori Ishikawa and Joji Idaka who are posting their daily Marianas lifestyle activities on Instagram, MVA said.