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The Mysterious  Ama (Uminchu) Divers of traditional Japan
The Mysterious Ama (Uminchu) Divers of traditional Japan
DATE: 2014/09/29::
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Mysterious Ama Uminchu Divers of traditional Japan tribe
Mysterious Ama Uminchu Divers of traditional Japan tribe
DATE: 2015/02/19::
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Shamanic Ama Diver - Short Film
Shamanic Ama Diver - Short Film
DATE: 2014/08/05::
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Pearl Divers of Japan, from  Women of the World
Pearl Divers of Japan, from Women of the World
DATE: 2013/07/31::
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Japan:  Ama divers 55 years ago 海女
Japan: Ama divers 55 years ago 海女
DATE: 2012/04/17::
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Ama Divers
Ama Divers
DATE: 2009/12/11::
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Ama diving area located on Japan Kansai in Second Life
Ama diving area located on Japan Kansai in Second Life
DATE: 2011/12/22::
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AMA DIVER 8
AMA DIVER 8
DATE: 2014/03/23::
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AMA - Diving Women from Toba City at Mikimoto Pearl Island
AMA - Diving Women from Toba City at Mikimoto Pearl Island
DATE: 2012/05/06::
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Japanese Ama divers
Japanese Ama divers
DATE: 2013/05/08::
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Ныряльщицы ама   -   Ama diving
Ныряльщицы ама - Ama diving
DATE: 2013/06/22::
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Ama divers in Mikimoto
Ama divers in Mikimoto
DATE: 2010/08/04::
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Japan
Japan's ageing 'ama' divers defy tide of time
DATE: 2013/09/24::
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Ama - Thoughts Are Diving
Ama - Thoughts Are Diving
DATE: 2008/05/17::
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Ama divers at Mikimoto Pearl Island
Ama divers at Mikimoto Pearl Island
DATE: 2015/02/06::
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The Mysterious Ama Uminchu Divers of traditional Japan
The Mysterious Ama Uminchu Divers of traditional Japan
DATE: 2015/04/14::
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02-Ama Divers
02-Ama Divers
DATE: 2011/01/11::
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Ama Divers Interlude
Ama Divers Interlude
DATE: 2013/06/17::
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Scuba Diving: Egypt - Sharm El Sheikh, Na
Scuba Diving: Egypt - Sharm El Sheikh, Na'ama Bay
DATE: 2013/06/26::
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Tribes life Mysterious Ama Uminchu Divers of traditional Japan tribe
Tribes life Mysterious Ama Uminchu Divers of traditional Japan tribe
DATE: 2015/04/14::
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Full Movie, "Islands of Mystery"  謎の島
Full Movie, "Islands of Mystery" 謎の島
DATE: 2014/11/16::
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AMA DIVER 7
AMA DIVER 7
DATE: 2014/03/21::
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Vailati - Pericolo negli abissi   Ama san
Vailati - Pericolo negli abissi Ama san
DATE: 2011/01/03::
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Diving with dolphins in Na
Diving with dolphins in Na'ama Bay - Sharm el Sheikh - Egypt - Red Sea
DATE: 2012/02/27::
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Ama
Ama's Story - Women Abalone Divers from Japan
DATE: 2010/04/12::
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Diving Na
Diving Na'ama Bay Sharm el Sheikh december 2010
DATE: 2010/12/26::
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MEGUMI in island of AMA divers 01
MEGUMI in island of AMA divers 01
DATE: 2013/07/08::
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The Mysterious Ama Uminchu Divers of traditional Japan tribe
The Mysterious Ama Uminchu Divers of traditional Japan tribe
DATE: 2015/04/14::
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Ama Divers
Ama Divers
DATE: 2010/09/04::
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Divers
Divers's Ama festival in Japan - no comment
DATE: 2010/07/20::
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The  Mythical  Ainu アィヌ, and Ama 海女  of  Japan
The Mythical Ainu アィヌ, and Ama 海女 of Japan
DATE: 2014/09/25::
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Japan
Japan's Aging 'Ama' Divers Defy Tide of Time
DATE: 2013/09/28::
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Ama Village, and the Japanese Hitocuchi Memo Mermaids
Ama Village, and the Japanese Hitocuchi Memo Mermaids
DATE: 2014/10/21::
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Ama~Pearl Divers at Mikimoto Pearl Island
Ama~Pearl Divers at Mikimoto Pearl Island
DATE: 2010/11/30::
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Peter Kramer - AMA (for female choir)
Peter Kramer - AMA (for female choir)
DATE: 2014/11/14::
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Japan  Ama divers 55 years ago 海女
Japan Ama divers 55 years ago 海女
DATE: 2013/08/14::
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Inside Lens: Protecting Traditional Fishing Three Generations of Ama 海人
Inside Lens: Protecting Traditional Fishing Three Generations of Ama 海人
DATE: 2015/01/18::
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Towson University Kabuki Dance: Tamatori Ama - The Pearl Diver
Towson University Kabuki Dance: Tamatori Ama - The Pearl Diver
DATE: 2012/04/02::
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1000K - Ama
1000K - Ama
DATE: 2011/05/12::
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ANACONDA vs DIVER - Amazon River Monsters
ANACONDA vs DIVER - Amazon River Monsters
DATE: 2013/02/22::
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Mermaid Caught on Tape in Jamaica
Mermaid Caught on Tape in Jamaica
DATE: 2014/09/19::
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Mermaids Are Real! (18)
Mermaids Are Real! (18)
DATE: 2011/10/15::
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Ama-san @ Toba, Mie-ken
Ama-san @ Toba, Mie-ken
DATE: 2010/12/13::
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Southsea dive on the Ama Jane Wreck - Puerto Galera - Philippines
Southsea dive on the Ama Jane Wreck - Puerto Galera - Philippines
DATE: 2010/03/10::
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ama (woman diver) Toba-city
ama (woman diver) Toba-city
DATE: 2014/10/29::
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Ama-san (a traditional female sea-diver) Kuji-shi, Iwate
Ama-san (a traditional female sea-diver) Kuji-shi, Iwate
DATE: 2013/09/17::
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The Future Of Iwate : The Savoring Winter - Journeys In Japan ( 岩手県 )
The Future Of Iwate : The Savoring Winter - Journeys In Japan ( 岩手県 )
DATE: 2015/03/07::
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BMW Free Diving Cool Commercial  - 2015 German Cars TV HD
BMW Free Diving Cool Commercial - 2015 German Cars TV HD
DATE: 2014/10/19::
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Ledapple A.M.A -2015.02.19-
Ledapple A.M.A -2015.02.19-
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AMA performance @MIKIMOTO Pearl Island
AMA performance @MIKIMOTO Pearl Island
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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.

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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