Wakasa province lies on the western coast, between Wakasa Bay and Lake Biwa. While relatively small and underdeveloped, it is a crossroads of major routes, making it of some strategic value. The area is well known for its fishing, and provides much of Kyoto's seafood. Its capital, Obama, gained some fame-by-association in 2008 due to it sharing the name with the new American president, Barack Obama. The ensuing craze resulted in Hula groups, Obama candy, and other such merchandise.