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The Mysterious  Ama (Uminchu) Divers of traditional Japan
The Mysterious Ama (Uminchu) Divers of traditional Japan
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Japanese Ama divers
Japanese Ama divers
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Ama Divers
Ama Divers
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Shamanic Ama Diver - Short Film
Shamanic Ama Diver - Short Film
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Japan:  Ama divers 55 years ago 海女
Japan: Ama divers 55 years ago 海女
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Ama-san (a traditional female sea-diver) Kuji-shi, Iwate
Ama-san (a traditional female sea-diver) Kuji-shi, Iwate
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Japan's ageing 'ama' divers defy tide of time
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Vailati - Pericolo negli abissi   Ama san
Vailati - Pericolo negli abissi Ama san
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Ama diving area located on Japan Kansai in Second Life
Ama diving area located on Japan Kansai in Second Life
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Ныряльщицы ама   -   Ama diving
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Ama Divers Interlude
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Pearl Divers of Japan, from  Women of the World
Pearl Divers of Japan, from Women of the World
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Ama - Thoughts Are Diving
Ama - Thoughts Are Diving
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AMA DIVER 7
AMA DIVER 7
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AMA - Diving Women from Toba City at Mikimoto Pearl Island
AMA - Diving Women from Toba City at Mikimoto Pearl Island
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AMA DIVER 8
AMA DIVER 8
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Full Movie, Islands of Mystery  謎の島
Full Movie, Islands of Mystery 謎の島
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Ama divers in Mikimoto
Ama divers in Mikimoto
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MEGUMI in island of AMA divers 01
MEGUMI in island of AMA divers 01
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02-Ama Divers
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The  Mythical  Ainu アィヌ, and Ama 海女 Tribes of  Japan
The Mythical Ainu アィヌ, and Ama 海女 Tribes of Japan
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Japan  Ama divers 55 years ago 海女
Japan Ama divers 55 years ago 海女
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Scuba Diving: Egypt - Sharm El Sheikh, Na
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Diving with dolphins in Na
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Where the sea whistle echoes
Where the sea whistle echoes
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Diving Na
Diving Na'ama Bay Sharm el Sheikh december 2010
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Divers
Divers's Ama festival in Japan - no comment
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Ama
Ama's Story - Women Abalone Divers from Japan
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Ama Village, and the Japanese Hitocuchi Memo Mermaids
Ama Village, and the Japanese Hitocuchi Memo Mermaids
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Japan's Aging 'Ama' Divers Defy Tide of Time
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Ama Divers
Ama Divers
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Peter Kramer - AMA (for female choir)
Peter Kramer - AMA (for female choir)
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Towson University Kabuki Dance: Tamatori Ama - The Pearl Diver
Towson University Kabuki Dance: Tamatori Ama - The Pearl Diver
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Treetop Dive Into The Amazon River
Treetop Dive Into The Amazon River
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Ama~Pearl Divers at Mikimoto Pearl Island
Ama~Pearl Divers at Mikimoto Pearl Island
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ama (woman diver) Toba-city
ama (woman diver) Toba-city
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1000K - Ama
1000K - Ama
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Mermaids Are Real! (18)
Mermaids Are Real! (18)
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Toba - Diving for Oysters
Toba - Diving for Oysters
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特訓するねこ。
特訓するねこ。
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Culture Beauty and Human Emotions-Japanese Ama 日本のアマの
Culture Beauty and Human Emotions-Japanese Ama 日本のアマの
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ASIAN EROTICA: Untitled KATSUSHIKA HOKUSAI SHUNGA Series - c.1810 - Ama Divers...etc. 海女 春画 성욕
ASIAN EROTICA: Untitled KATSUSHIKA HOKUSAI SHUNGA Series - c.1810 - Ama Divers...etc. 海女 春画 성욕
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Sinai Divers House reef HD
Sinai Divers House reef HD
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Southsea dive on the Ama Jane Wreck - Puerto Galera - Philippines
Southsea dive on the Ama Jane Wreck - Puerto Galera - Philippines
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AMA & Suboceana : Augmented Reality on Google Glass
AMA & Suboceana : Augmented Reality on Google Glass
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Ama-san @ Toba, Mie-ken
Ama-san @ Toba, Mie-ken
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FROZEN Disney Frozen Elsa & Anna Diving Contest a Disney Frozen Video Parody
FROZEN Disney Frozen Elsa & Anna Diving Contest a Disney Frozen Video Parody
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The AMA
The AMA's gifting suite is SWEET!
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Tycho - Dive {Full Album}
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Rone - Aya Ama
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Ama.

Ama (海人?, women 海女; men 海士;), uminchu (in Okinawan) or kaito (in Izu Peninsula) are Japanese divers, famous for collecting pearls. The majority of ama are women.

History[edit]

Japanese tradition holds that the practice of ama may be 2,000 years old.[1] Traditionally, and even as recently as the 1960s, ama dived wearing only a loincloth. Even in modern times, ama dive without scuba gear or air tanks, making them a traditional sort of free-diver.

Activities[edit]

Depending on the region, ama may dive with masks, fins, and torso-covering wetsuits at the most. Only divers who work for tourist attractions use white, partially transparent suits.

Ama are famous for pearl diving, but originally they dived for food like seaweed, shellfish, lobsters, octopus, and sea urchins — and oysters which sometimes have pearls.

Ama can keep diving well into old age. The older divers are generally able to stay submerged longer than the younger.[citation needed] Usually they also have another job, typically working on a farm. Some Japanese people believe that the majority of ama are women because of how their bodies differ from men: The fat on a female body is distributed differently from on men.

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See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rahn, H.; Yokoyama, T. (1965). Physiology of Breath-Hold Diving and the Ama of Japan.. United States: National Academy of Sciences - National Research Council. p. 369. ISBN 0-309-01341-0. Retrieved 2008-04-25. 

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