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"Ama'' divers, Japan 1954

Japan: Ama divers 55 years ago: Ama divers, are Japanese divers, famous

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maraini11. (Fosco Maraini). Mikimoto used Ama divers ...

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Otomo no Yakamochi wrote a poem about a Hegura ama diver in 748. It is immortalized in Manyoshu (Collection of Ten Thousand Leaves), the oldest Japanese ...

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In Japan, ama divers make a living free diving for food without any breathing apparatuses. Photographer Iwase Yoshiyuki captured this series of young ...

Fruits of the sea ... at work in traditional outfits.

An Ama with the day's catch in Toba. Ellen Kaplowitz photo.

Ama - Japanese divers, famous for collecting pearls. The majority of ama are women. They can keep diving well into old age. The older divers are generally ...

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Ise-Shima's traditional seafood foragers come up for air Diving and gathering: The ama ...

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Diver Mayumi Mitsuhashi also campaigns to preserve the Ama's traditions

Japan's Ama are famous women throughout the country for their cold water diving.

After walking along the old Samurai street where Toba Castle once stood, and crossing the salt-water river which was once the castle's moat to see Fugu ...

Some Ama wear white cotton jackets over their wetsuits as it's traditionally belived that white will

On the job with Japan's legendary female ama divers

Ama, uminchu (in Okinawan) or kaito (in Izu Peninsula) are Japanese divers, famous for collecting pearls. The majority of ama are women. Ama means “Sea ...

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The ama-san dove topless wearing only loincloths and bandanas. Modern ama-san use wet suits and diving masks.

Ama diving. Photo by Fosco Maraini 1954.

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Slideshow preview image. 15 PHOTOS. Ama Japanese female pearl divers

Ama Divers

For almost two thousand years, women living along the Japanese peninsula have established an extraordinary livelihood diving deep into the Pacific Ocean for ...

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Although they might be quite unknown in the world, Japanese mermaids have appeared in pop culture. For example in the James Bond movie 'You only live twice' ...

In ancient Japan Ama diving was one of the first paid jobs for women. Many became traditional divers at a very early age, with the goal of saving money for ...

Many of the Ama divers in Ise-Shima can be found in the town of Osatsu in Toba. Here the oldest diver is aged 83, a woman with more than 70 years of ...

Although perhaps the scantily-clad, romanticised image of the profession is a thing of the past, there's still a rich history and culture that needs to be ...

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Due to a decline in abalone and an aging national population, we are seeing fewer and fewer ama divers.

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Japan's ageing 'ama' divers defy tide of time

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... An ama diver sits in front of the lighthouse. | COURTESY OF MINAMIBOSO CITY ...

As some of you probably know, the Ama was a community that lived in pockets along the Japanese coast. Their women were known for their diving ability, ...

Dive into the culture of Minamiboso

In ancient times Japanese women were considered more suited for diving because they had more body fat to withstand the icy waters.

Japanese Ama, Photo by Fosco Maraini

Shintoho, at the time Japan's premiere producer of low budget programmers, was the first studio to seize upon the diving girls' exploitation potential, ...

After a tiring diving expedition there is time to warm up and relax in a traditional Ama hut, which is known an “amagoya”.

Freshly grilled Japanese spiny lobster and abalone at the Hachiman-kamado ama

The Sea-wife carrying off the jewel from the Dragon-King's Palace

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Free-diving femme: Reiko Nomura, 80, has been diving most of her life. The all-female ama divers of the Ise-Shima region in Mie Prefecture descend without ...

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The last mermaids of Japan. The Ama are Japan's last population of female shell divers.

female divers gathering oysters shinjuto island, where Mr Mikimoto started growing white pearls shinju in

... diver to return from the deep sea. The other parts of the equipment are also quite basic, and the Verne-esque goggles don't look very reassuring either; ...

The Famous Ama Female Divers

The ukiwa, held by this Ama, is one of the fishing tools used by

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To prepare for a dive, Ama divers pour cold water under their outer white suits

Fresh seafood read for the grill

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Mayumi is the youngest of Wagu's Ama divers

The dive gear that the Ama wear today consists of several layers; underneath the white

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Kim Jae Youn is one of the youngest Haenyeo, the Korean equivalent of the Japanese

The Seiman and Doman are visible on Nakayama's bonnet.

Reiko Nomura has 70 years of diving experience. Reiko did not formally learn the skills

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Japan's Ama Fisherwomen Blend Ancient Tradition and Modern Innovations - CityLab

Goggles, which became part of the Ama diving kit in 1878, represented the very

Free diving is a form of underwater diving that relies on the diver's ability to hold his or her breath until resurfacing, rather than on the use of ...

An Ama woman diving for the day's catch (Credit: Credit: Hackenberg-Photo

Ama Diver with a rope around her waist.

Ama of yesteryear

female divers gathering oysters shinjuto island, where Mr Mikimoto started growing white pearls shinju in

Ama, female divers keep them warm by a bonfire and have lunch together after fishing

Documentary Will Dive into the Private World of the 'Ama,' Female Japanese Freedivers

The images tell the story of contemporary Japanese female pearl divers, aka ama.

Outdoor Japan Magazine - Island Beat - Free in the Sea: Ai Futaki Makes Her Niche - Free Diving - Scuba Diving - Underwater Photography - Tim Rock - Japan ...

... diver to return from the deep sea. The other parts of the equipment are also quite basic, and the Verne-esque goggles don't look very reassuring either; ...

The attempt to dive deeply underwater with just one breath has cost some people their lives and crippled others.

Costumed Ama diver cooking lunch in the Ama hut

Mainstream ama

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Ama—Free Divers

Diving supported life on the wind-scoured, rocky island of Jeju

A Report on a Visit to the Shellfish-divers of Katada

To visit with the ama of Osatsu, make a reservation through their website at http://www.amakoya.com and click on the English link at the bottom.