Obama, Fukui

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Obama (小浜市, Obama-shi)
Obama City Hall
Obama City Hall
Flag of Obama (小浜市, Obama-shi)
Obama Fukui chapter
Location of Obama (小浜市, Obama-shi) in Fukui (福井県, Fukui-ken)
Obama in Fukui prefecture Ja.svg
RegionChubu region, Hokuriku region
PrefectureFukui (福井県, Fukui-ken)
 • Total233.11 km2 (90.00 sq mi)
 • Total29,041[1]
 • TreeMaple
 • FlowerAzalea
Time zoneUTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)
WebsiteOfficial website

Obama (小浜市, Obama-shi) is a Japanese city in Fukui Prefecture. The city is on the coast of the Sea of Japan.

Climate[change | change source]

Obama has a humid subtropical climate characterized by warm, wet summers and cold winters with heavy snowfall. The average annual temperature in Obama is 14.9 °C. The average annual rainfall is 2005 mm with September as the wettest month.The temperatures are highest on average in August, at around 27.4 °C, and lowest in January, at around 3.8 °C.[2]

History[change | change source]

In the pre-modern period, Obama was the main port and capital of Wakasa Province.

In the Edo period, Obama was the capital of the Obama Domain.

In 1871, the Obama Domain become Obama prefecture after the abolition of domains and establishment of prefectures. Later, the merger was repeated and in 1951 the present city of Obama was established.[3]

Connection to the president Obama[change | change source]

In 2009, Barack Obama, 44th President of the United States, acknowledged his connection with Obama city. He mentioned it in a speech at Suntory Hall in Tokyo. Residents of Obama city have supported him since before he became the president.[4]

Specialities[change | change source]

Traditional Crafts

  • Wakasa-nuri (Wakasa Lacquer Ware)

Wakasa Lacquer uses a "polishing" technique that involves coating on many layers of lacquer. Wakasa Lacquer made over several months’ time by coating the finest lacquer some ten-odd times, applying a pattern with shells, eggshells, and gold leafs, and polishing it with stones and charcoal.

  • Wakasa-menouzaiku (Wakasa Agate Work)

Wakasa agate work is the root of precious stone work of Japan. Wakasa agate works carved through unique technique is the greatest of precious stone arts. Wakasa agate work is made by applying heat to the rough stone to make it red, and deciding the shape of carving taking into consideration the scratches on the natural stone and long-lasting polishing work.



  • Heshiko

Since Obama is facing the sea of Japan, it has a lot of fish. Heshiko is a traditional dish that uses a salted blue-skin fish, and it can be preserved for a long time.

  • Yopparaisaba

Yopparaisaba uses mackerel that was raised on sake lees. [6]

Omizuokuri[change | change source]

Omizuokuri is an event that is held on every March second by Jinguji-Temple. In this event, they put purified water in the depth of Unose.Ten days after this event, an event called Omizutori is held in Nigatsu-do Hall in Nara Prefecture, and the water comes from Jinguji-Temple is drew up on Nigatsu-do Hall. [7]

References[change | change source]

  1. https://www1.city.obama.fukui.jp/category/page.asp?Page=132
  2. "小浜市、日本における年間の平均的な気候 - Weather Spark". ja.weatherspark.com. Retrieved 2020-08-19.
  3. 小浜市議会史
  4. "asahi.com(朝日新聞社):オバマ米大統領のアジア外交政策演説〈全文〉 - 朝日新聞プラス". www.asahi.com. Retrieved 2020-08-19.
  5. "OBAMA City Website | English Page". www1.city.obama.fukui.jp. Retrieved 2020-08-19.
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  7. "お水送り(おみずおくり)". 小浜市観光「おばまナビ」 若狭おばま観光協会 (in Japanese). Retrieved 2020-08-19.

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