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 241.09 km2 (93.09 sq mi)
Population (May 2015)
 • Total 29,318
 • Density 122/km2 (320/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 Official website
Namahage

Oga (男鹿市 Oga-shi?) is a city located in northern Akita Prefecture, in the northern Tohoku region of 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 was 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]

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.

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"

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]

Sister city relations[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Oga Namahage Festival". Japan: Japan National Tourism Organization. Retrieved 23 August 2011. 
  2. ^ "US-Japan Sister Cities by State". Asia Matters for America. Honolulu, HI: East-West Center. Retrieved 20 November 2015. 

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