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Ama - The Pearl Diving Mermaids of Japan
Ama - The Pearl Diving Mermaids of Japan
Published: 2016/02/02
Channel: Freediving CWB
Hardworking Women Pearl Divers Of Japan
Hardworking Women Pearl Divers Of Japan
Published: 2015/02/18
Channel: Vivian Co
Japan:  Ama divers 55 years ago 海女
Japan: Ama divers 55 years ago 海女
Published: 2012/04/17
Channel: MichaelRogge
Ama Divers and Tsunami - Short Documentary Film
Ama Divers and Tsunami - Short Documentary Film
Published: 2017/07/11
Channel: SEORITSU Short Films
Ama Divers
Ama Divers
Published: 2009/12/11
Channel: David Hawkins
Where the sea whistle echoes
Where the sea whistle echoes
Published: 2009/12/01
Channel: UNUChannel
Japanese Ama divers
Japanese Ama divers
Published: 2013/05/08
Channel: Sam Spade
Mysterious Ama Uminchu Divers of traditional Japan tribe
Mysterious Ama Uminchu Divers of traditional Japan tribe
Published: 2017/02/17
Channel: Layra Maura
Full Movie, "Islands of Mystery"  謎の島
Full Movie, "Islands of Mystery" 謎の島
Published: 2014/11/16
Channel: Timescape Indonesia
Sea Whisperers - These Women Are Mermaids Without The Tails // Discovery on Viddsee
Sea Whisperers - These Women Are Mermaids Without The Tails // Discovery on Viddsee
Published: 2016/08/11
Channel: Viddsee
Japan
Japan's ageing 'ama' divers defy tide of time
Published: 2013/09/24
Channel: AFP news agency
The Mysterious Ama Uminchu Divers of traditional Japan tribe
The Mysterious Ama Uminchu Divers of traditional Japan tribe
Published: 2017/04/06
Channel: blossom kitzmiller
Ama female divers in Mie, Japan (Travel Guide)
Ama female divers in Mie, Japan (Travel Guide)
Published: 2016/05/23
Channel: Mie Japan Travel Guide (Mie Citizens Council for the Ise-Shima Summit)
Ama diving area located on Japan Kansai in Second Life
Ama diving area located on Japan Kansai in Second Life
Published: 2011/12/22
Channel: Amiryu Hosoi
The Ama diving grannies hunt in the deep waters of Japan
The Ama diving grannies hunt in the deep waters of Japan
Published: 2016/05/28
Channel: Kenya NTV
vintage ama
vintage ama
Published: 2012/10/31
Channel: 402dimi1
AMA - Diving Women from Toba City at Mikimoto Pearl Island
AMA - Diving Women from Toba City at Mikimoto Pearl Island
Published: 2012/05/07
Channel: Shey Itiki
Ныряльщицы ама   -   Ama diving
Ныряльщицы ама - Ama diving
Published: 2013/06/22
Channel: Александр Литвиненко
Ama
Ama's Story - Women Abalone Divers from Japan
Published: 2010/04/13
Channel: mihoaida
02-Ama Divers
02-Ama Divers
Published: 2011/01/11
Channel: icandy1969
Ama Divers Interlude
Ama Divers Interlude
Published: 2013/06/17
Channel: The Pearl Girls
Dive with a local Ama diver!
Dive with a local Ama diver!
Published: 2017/06/19
Channel: MIEscape IST, Japan
The Mysterious  Ama (Uminchu) Divers of traditional Japan
The Mysterious Ama (Uminchu) Divers of traditional Japan
Published: 2014/09/29
Channel: Timescape Indonesia
Living with the Sea -Ama in Toba and Shima-(English)
Living with the Sea -Ama in Toba and Shima-(English)
Published: 2017/05/24
Channel: チャンネル三重県
Ama-San – Trailer – SFF 17
Ama-San – Trailer – SFF 17
Published: 2017/05/10
Channel: sydfilmfest
Divers
Divers's Ama festival in Japan - no comment
Published: 2010/07/20
Channel: No Comment TV
MEGUMI in island of AMA divers 01
MEGUMI in island of AMA divers 01
Published: 2013/07/09
Channel: 鈴木仁
60 Years Old Japanese Female Free Diver
60 Years Old Japanese Female Free Diver
Published: 2016/02/29
Channel: Pari Fadlia
Ama - Thoughts Are Diving
Ama - Thoughts Are Diving
Published: 2008/05/17
Channel: Ponpokoi
Sea Shepherd clean up Na
Sea Shepherd clean up Na'ama Bay
Published: 2015/08/10
Channel: Denis Zorzin
Kendrick Lamar - Swimming Pools (Drank) (Clean)
Kendrick Lamar - Swimming Pools (Drank) (Clean)
Published: 2012/08/03
Channel: KendrickLamarVEVO
ama (woman diver) Toba-city
ama (woman diver) Toba-city
Published: 2014/10/29
Channel: tobacciiwasaki
1000K - Ama
1000K - Ama
Published: 2011/05/12
Channel: Da1000K
TIMI AMA - SCUBADIVING
TIMI AMA - SCUBADIVING
Published: 2015/11/28
Channel: Blue Itinerary
Planning to Swim With The Ama in Japan
Planning to Swim With The Ama in Japan
Published: 2017/07/28
Channel: The Pearl Girls
NRR27: Ama Divers - "An Echo In The Sound"
NRR27: Ama Divers - "An Echo In The Sound"
Published: 2016/05/23
Channel: No Rent Records
Dressing Like An Ama
Dressing Like An Ama
Published: 2017/07/31
Channel: The Pearl Girls
AMASAN: WOMEN OF THE SEA (trailer)
AMASAN: WOMEN OF THE SEA (trailer)
Published: 2009/01/06
Channel: Amie Williams
Ama - Dive here (Naživo FM)
Ama - Dive here (Naživo FM)
Published: 2016/10/19
Channel: ama
Ama Divers
Ama Divers
Published: 2016/10/20
Channel: Pale Earth - Topic
Ama divers
Ama divers
Published: 2017/04/14
Channel: CRAZY WORLD
Ama Divers Japan - Mikimoto Island
Ama Divers Japan - Mikimoto Island
Published: 2017/04/10
Channel: Cristian Chili
Ama divers at Mikimoto Pearl Island
Ama divers at Mikimoto Pearl Island
Published: 2015/02/06
Channel: Rama Lohan a/l Narayanan
AMA-SAN | Japondělí
AMA-SAN | Japondělí
Published: 2017/05/01
Channel: Japondělí
Ama~Pearl Divers at Mikimoto Pearl Island
Ama~Pearl Divers at Mikimoto Pearl Island
Published: 2010/11/30
Channel: World Turtle Productions, LLC
Day 1: Diving Na
Day 1: Diving Na'ama Bay
Published: 2016/12/08
Channel: Ramon Steur
三重 Mie, Japan - Ama Divers (March 2016)
三重 Mie, Japan - Ama Divers (March 2016)
Published: 2016/08/13
Channel: faym1982
"AMA"
"AMA"
Published: 2017/01/12
Channel: Studio Mirit Weinstock
[Heart to Heart] Underwater photographer, Y.Zin, Haenyeo and Ama
[Heart to Heart] Underwater photographer, Y.Zin, Haenyeo and Ama
Published: 2017/05/02
Channel: ARIRANG CULTURE
Zor Ama Eğlenceli.( Flip Diving.)
Zor Ama Eğlenceli.( Flip Diving.)
Published: 2016/09/04
Channel: Kanal Kapalı
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An ama

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

Ama means "sea woman".

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.

In culture[edit]

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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