Ama History and Culture

Traditional female divers known as Ama are not only found in Toba and Shima in Mie Prefecture but the diving culture is the most vibrant there. Those ladies are famous for plunging into the chilly waters with barely any professional diving equipment—just a mask and a weight belt to aid their descent. They do not only hunt for oysters, but also a variety of seafood from sea urchins to abalones. Ama huts, a common sight along the coasts, are shelters where the divers gather and relax before or after their work. Learn more about this declining Ama culture at Toba Sea Folk Museum, which houses skin-diving artifacts dating back 10,000

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