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Oma

After leaving Osorezan, we journeyed further north to the Town of Oma and Omazaki, the northernmost location of Aomori Prefecture and the Island of Honshu. Strong winds welcomed us to the town as we got out of the car and we were able to make it in time to watch the sunset from the steps leading down into the ocean.

The skies were clear and we could clearly see Hokkaido in the horizon across the Tsugaru Strait, the waters where Japan's most expensive bluefin tuna (hon-maguro) call home. Fish caught here make their way to markets in Hachinohe and fetch the highest amounts for auction at Tsukiji in Tokyo. It's amazing to think that in the relatively small area between Honshu and Hokkaido are schools of bluefins speeding underwater and getting fat chomping on squid all day. While the restaurants scattered throughout the neighborhood around the cape were closed up for the day, there were several groups setting up tents to camp for the evening in the park nearby. The out-of-area plates on the vehicles in the lot meant a long journey to get up to the cape. We begun a journey of our own, as night was falling and it would be another 4 hours before arriving home.