Oga, Akita

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Oga

男鹿市
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
CountryJapan
RegionTōhoku
PrefectureAkita Prefecture
Government
 • -MayorYukio Watanabe (since April 2009)
Area
 • Total241.09 km2 (93.09 sq mi)
Population
 (May 2015)
 • Total29,318
 • Density122/km2 (320/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)
- TreeCryptomeria
- FlowerCamellia
- BirdGrey heron
Phone number0185-23-2111
Address66-1 Izumidai, Funagawaminato Funagawa, Oga-shi, Akita-ken 010-0595
Websitehttp://www.city.oga.akita.jp/
Namahage

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

As of May 2015, the city has an estimated population of 29,318, and a population density of 122 persons per km2. The total area is 240.80 square kilometres (92.97 sq mi).

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]

Climate[edit]

Different from the rest of the prefecture, the climate is a isolated humid subtropical (Köppen: Cfa) by direct influence (due to being a peninsula) of the Tsushima Current, being the most northern city of the Asian continent with this categorization according to the 0 °C isotherm.[1][2] Or the southern edge of the hot-summer humid continental (Dfa) by the normal of the Japan Meteorological Agency.[3] Winters are mild and summers although the climatic type are warm but not hot. The extremes range from -14 to 35 °C, a relatively low thermal amplitude to a place at 39 °N and to the east near large land masses.[4]

Climate data for Oga, elevation: 20 m, 1981-2010 normals
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 12.1
(53.8)
16.1
(61.0)
17.8
(64.0)
26.1
(79.0)
30.2
(86.4)
32.7
(90.9)
35.6
(96.1)
34.9
(94.8)
32.9
(91.2)
26.9
(80.4)
21.4
(70.5)
16.6
(61.9)
35.6
(96.1)
Average high °C (°F) 2.6
(36.7)
3.1
(37.6)
6.6
(43.9)
12.8
(55.0)
17.7
(63.9)
22.2
(72.0)
25.6
(78.1)
28.0
(82.4)
24.0
(75.2)
18.1
(64.6)
11.7
(53.1)
5.8
(42.4)
14.8
(58.6)
Daily mean °C (°F) −0.3
(31.5)
0.0
(32.0)
2.9
(37.2)
8.6
(47.5)
13.6
(56.5)
18.2
(64.8)
22.0
(71.6)
23.8
(74.8)
19.4
(66.9)
13.3
(55.9)
7.5
(45.5)
2.5
(36.5)
11.0
(51.8)
Average low °C (°F) −3.5
(25.7)
−3.4
(25.9)
−1.3
(29.7)
3.7
(38.7)
9.3
(48.7)
14.2
(57.6)
18.6
(65.5)
19.8
(67.6)
14.8
(58.6)
8.2
(46.8)
3.0
(37.4)
−1
(30)
6.9
(44.4)
Record low °C (°F) −14.7
(5.5)
−14.4
(6.1)
−11.4
(11.5)
−4.2
(24.4)
1.0
(33.8)
5.0
(41.0)
10.4
(50.7)
10.9
(51.6)
5.4
(41.7)
−0.4
(31.3)
−7.8
(18.0)
−10.3
(13.5)
−14.7
(5.5)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 113.0
(4.45)
78.6
(3.09)
82.3
(3.24)
91.7
(3.61)
105.0
(4.13)
95.6
(3.76)
168.3
(6.63)
160.1
(6.30)
162.5
(6.40)
146.8
(5.78)
156.1
(6.15)
153.9
(6.06)
1,517.1
(59.73)
Mean monthly sunshine hours 43.7 63.3 109.0 159.7 179.8 171.5 148.4 177.2 140.8 132.1 80.1 47.9 1,452.7
Source: JPA[5][3]

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.

On March 22, 2005, the town of Wakami was merged into Oga.[citation needed]

Economy[edit]

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

Education[edit]

Oga has seven elementary schools, four middle schools and two high schools.

Transportation[edit]

Rail[edit]

Highways[edit]

Seaports[edit]

Local attractions[edit]

  • Nyudosaki Lighthouse – one of the "50 Lighthouses of Japan"
  • Fuke-no-Yu Onsen - A 1300-year-old onsen that is located over 1km altitude[6]

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.[7]

Sister city relations[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Interactive Asia Koppen-Geiger Climate Classification Map". www.plantmaps.com. Retrieved 2019-03-07.
  2. ^ "Outline | Sado Marine Biological Station, Faculty of Science". www.sc.niigata-u.ac.jp. Retrieved 2019-03-07.
  3. ^ a b "Value from 1st to 10th place in Oga observation history". Japan Meteorological Agency. Retrieved 2018-05-18.
  4. ^ "気象庁|過去の気象データ検索". www.data.jma.go.jp. Retrieved 2019-03-07.
  5. ^ "Oga year · average monthly amount". Japan Meteorological Agency. Retrieved 2018-05-18.
  6. ^ "About Fuke-no-Yu Onsen - Akita Travel Guide | Planetyze". Planetyze. Retrieved 2017-09-15.
  7. ^ "Oga Namahage Festival". Japan: Japan National Tourism Organization. Retrieved 23 August 2011.
  8. ^ "US-Japan Sister Cities by State". Asia Matters for America. Honolulu, HI: East-West Center. Retrieved 20 November 2015.

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