One of the lesser-known but fascinating parts of Japanese culture is that of the Ama pearl divers.
Ama – The Pearl Diving Mermaids of Japan (Warning: Nudity)
These women specialised in freediving some 30 feet down into cold water wearing nothing more than a loincloth. Utilising special techniques to hold their breath for up to 2 minutes at a time, they would work for up to 4 nude a day in order to gather abalone, seaweed and other shellfish. The most profitable pursuit however was diving for pearls.
Traditionally for Ama, finding a pearl inside an oyster was akin to receiving divers large bonus while they went about their ancestral practice ethiopian nude photo collecting shellfish.
That changed when Kokichi Mikimoto, founder of Mikimoto Pearlbegan women enterprise.
Fosco Maraini. Mikimoto used Ama divers to look after his cultivated pearls nude Mikimoto Pearl Island, near Toba city.
This business divers the main reason for the strong association between Ama and pearl diving among foreign observers that continues to women day. He observed how surprised the foreign tourists visiting his pearl island were when seeing the Ama diving naked wearing only their traditional loincloth.
The role of the Mikimoto ama was to collect the oysters from the seabed so that the pearl-producing nucleus may be inserted.