Also known as king of the sea, abalones are offered in dried form as one of the sacred delicacies to the deities at the Grand Shrine of Ise. Abalones have been always considered the prize catch of Ama, traditional female divers who are responsible for the region’s main supply of seafood products as they dive daily into the waters with simply a basket and a weighted belt. Abalones are most abundantly available from May to September in this region.

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