town of Ōma
About the town of Ōma
Ōma sits at the very tip of the Shimokita Peninsula in the north of Aomori prefecture, with just 17,7km of sea to separate it from Cape Shiokubi on Japan’s northernmost island of Hokkaidō. Surrounded by the magnificent natural beauty of the Tsugaru Strait and with the mountains of Hokkaidō looming above, Ōma has a truly dramatic location as the most northern town of Japan’s central island of Honshū. The fishing industry is the town’s livelihood.
On November 3rd, 1942, the old village of Ōoku became Aomori Prefecture’s 29th town: Ōma. In Ōma, you can see the sun rise over the Pacific Ocean in the morning, and set in the evening over the Sea of Japan.
Official town flower, bird, and tree
The Japanese rose grows wild along the coasts of Ōma, well-adapted to the climate and topography of the area. Its fragrant, lovely blossoms bloom in early summer, and the taste of its bittersweet fruits fills the heart of the townspeople with nostalgia.
Flying in great flocks along the coasts of Benten Island and Cape Tsubana, over the waves and over the fishing ports, these graceful sea birds are sensitive to natural phenomena and can tell fishermen whether to expect stormy weather or good hauls of fish.
※There are actually many different kinds of seagull, but Ōma has embraced all seagulls that inhabit or visit its shores as its “official” birds.
Ōma lies on the northern limit of the Japanese black pine. From time immemorial, the black pine has been counted among most auspicious of trees. It combines elegance with a hardy nature; the trees can withstand strong sea winds and snowstorms.