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Pearl Divers of Japan, from  Women of the World
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Vailati - Pericolo negli abissi   Ama san
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Ama Divers Interlude
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Ama-san (a traditional female sea-diver) Kuji-shi, Iwate
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02-Ama Divers
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AMA DIVER 7
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Japan  Ama divers 55 years ago 海女
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Ama Divers
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Towson University Kabuki Dance: Tamatori Ama - The Pearl Diver
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Peter Kramer - AMA (for female choir)
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Ama~Pearl Divers at Mikimoto Pearl Island
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Treetop Dive Into The Amazon River
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ama (woman diver) Toba-city
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Where the sea whistle echoes
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1000K - Ama
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Mermaids Are Real! (18)
Mermaids Are Real! (18)
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Japan.  Toba. Bay, Oyster bed,  Oyster diving women, 1968.  Film 90572
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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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Southsea dive on the Ama Jane Wreck - Puerto Galera - Philippines
Southsea dive on the Ama Jane Wreck - Puerto Galera - Philippines
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Nitroplanes at AMA Expo 2015 Coverage w/ Antonio
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Ama-san @ Toba, Mie-ken
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AMA & Suboceana : Augmented Reality on Google Glass
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FROZEN Disney Frozen Elsa & Anna Diving Contest a Disney Frozen Video Parody
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Women Pearl Divers of Japan
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The AMA
The AMA's gifting suite is SWEET!
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Rone - Aya Ama
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AMASAN: WOMEN OF THE SEA (trailer)
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Must see finale ! Ama Credi e Vai  - Because we believe - Andrea Bocelli
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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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