SELECTING THE NEW CITY NAME
A survey of residents produced three candidate names; Ibaraki City, Omitama City, and Hyakuri City which were presented at the third meeting of the City Naming Committee. Debate at the fourth committee meeting failed to produce a decision and the selection was put to a vote requiring a two-thirds majority.
A poll of 32 committee members, excluding the prefectural representative and one anonymous abstention, produced 30 votes for Omitama, 2 votes for Hyakuri, and 0 votes for Ibaraki City. The new city was officially dubbed Omitama by a landslide vote.
A NEW NAME FOR A NEW COMMUNITY
The meaning of the name Omitama
Reasons for choosing the name
- The name Omitama comes from the names of the three traditional communities that comprise the new city - the historic towns of Ogawa and Minori and the village of Tamari.
- It combines the initial characters from the names of each of the three traditional communities. The gOh from Ogawa represents a little stream, the gMih of Minori is the character for beauty and the gTamah of Tamari is a ball symbolizing prosperity. Together they paint a word picture of a gentle stream flowing through a beautiful natural setting, forming a sphere of prosperity.
- It reflects the communityfs spirit of equality, harmony and unity.
- It preserves traditional pride and heralds a progressive future.
- Residents are growing accustomed to the name as they enjoy the benefits of the integrated administration.
- It is a simple name with a pleasant ring and a warm image.
- It describes a friendly hometown of treasures and warm hearts.
- It heralds a bright future by projecting the image of a vibrant city charged with bounce and beauty.
OMITAMA CITY LOGO
To find the best logo for the new city, a nation-wide contest was held from July 1 to August 5, 2005 inviting citizens to submit their designs in anticipation of its inception on March 27, 2006. The contest brought in a total of 1,969 entries.
The entries were reviewed by joint meeting of all city committees. The best design created by Mr. Eiichi Okuno of Kyoto was selected at the 10th meeting. Awards for excellent design were also presented to Mr. Takao Oura of Kanagawa Prefecture and two other entrants.
Mr. Okunofs design now adorns city materials including the city flag, badges, and stationery.
THE DESIGN CONCEPT
The graphic design incorporates patterns that suggest the alphabet letters O, M, and T, representing the constituent parts of the cityfs name.
The three buoyant lines express the energy and unity of the three traditional communities.
The colors represent the white of opportunity, the green of nature and the blue of Lake Kasumigaura.
LOCATION AND GEOGRAPHIC FEATURES
Omitama is 80 km northeast of central Tokyo, in the geographic center of Ibaraki prefecture. It is 20 km south of Mito, the prefectural capital, and 20 km northeast of Tsukuba Science City. The land is flat and covered by the rich loam layer common to the greater Kanto plain. The southern reaches touch the shores of Lake Kasumigaura.
The incorporated land area of Omitama is 140.21km2. The JR Joban Line, Joban Expressway and Route 6 pass through the western half of the city, and the Kashima Tetsudo Line and Route 355 pass through the southern part. The Japan Air Self Defence Force Hyakuri Air Base is located in the eastern section of Omitama. Development plans for the city are bright thanks to new Route construction scheduled for the region and plans to provide commercial airport service at Hyakuri Air Base.