Oga, Akita

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Oga
男鹿市
City
Oga City Hall
Oga City Hall
Flag of Oga
Flag
Official seal of Oga
Seal
Location of Oga in Akita Prefecture
Location of Oga in Akita Prefecture
Oga is located in Japan
Oga
Oga
 
Coordinates: 39°53′12.6″N 139°50′51.3″E / 39.886833°N 139.847583°E / 39.886833; 139.847583Coordinates: 39°53′12.6″N 139°50′51.3″E / 39.886833°N 139.847583°E / 39.886833; 139.847583
Country Japan
Region Tōhoku
Prefecture Akita Prefecture
Government
 • -Mayor Yukio Watanabe (since April 2009)
Area
 • Total 240.80 km2 (92.97 sq mi)
Population (August 2013)
 • Total 30,516
 • Density 127/km2 (330/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
- Tree Cryptomeria
- Flower Camellia
- Bird Grey Heron
Phone number 0185-23-2111
Address 66-1 Izumidai, Funagawaminato Funagawa, Oga-shi, Akita-ken 010-0595
Website www.city.oga.akita.jp
Namahage

Oga (男鹿市 Oga-shi?) is a city located in northern Akita Prefecture, Japan.

As of August 2013, the city has an estimated population of 30,516 and a population density of 127 persons per km². The total area is 240.80 km².

Much of the city is within the boundaries of the Oga Quasi-National Park.

Geography[edit]

Oga is located on the Oga Peninsula in northwestern Akita Prefecture, bordered by the Sea of Japan to the north, west and south.

Neighboring municipalities[edit]

History[edit]

The area of present-day Oga was part of ancient Dewa Province, dominated by the Satake clan during the Edo period, who ruled Kubota Domain under the Tokugawa shogunate.

The modern city of Oga was created on March 31, 1954 by the merger of the town of Funagawaminato with four neighboring villages (all from MInamiakita District).

On March 22, 2005, the town of Wakami (from MInamiakita District) was merged into Oga.[citation needed]

Economy[edit]

The economy of Oga is based on commercial fishing and agriculture.

Transportation[edit]

Rail[edit]

Highways[edit]

Seaports[edit]

Local attractions[edit]

  • Nyudosaki Lighthouse – one of the "50 Lighthouses of Japan"

Culture[edit]

Oga is famous for its Namahage Festival, a traditional event held on New Year's Eve in which groups of men dressed as ogre-like deities called "Namahage" with masks and straw raincoats visit houses at night.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Oga Namahage Festival". Japan: Japan National Tourism Organization. Retrieved 23 August 2011. 

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