…. a rope, tethered to a wooden buoy.
She takes a deep breath and dives.
Holding her breath, she descends more than 10 meters, and rapidly scours the bedrock for abalone and other shellfish hidden among the seaweed. She holds her breath for 60 seconds and then comes back up for air.
Yoshida is a traditional ama woman diver…many consider most romantic, women’s occupations.
“Romantic” ?!? Well, what is not explained is that Japanese ama divers ( 海女さん) used to dive topless in warm weather and they wore the traditional, revealing, white, wet T-shirts in cool water. In addition, these ladies were independent and wealthly from the abalone they collect and therefore welling to have sex with any man they desired (and who be lured by their money). I’ve certainly enjoyed the ama‘s attention when I have met them skin diving. What a great bunch of “girls” … average age is 65. Click on the snapshots below to get the full picture.
All this pictures come from Shirahama Ama Matsuri (festival) on July 21 in a fishing community at the tip of Chiba Prefecture’s Boso Peninsula. In this festival about 100 white-clad female divers bearing torches swim out into the sea against a backdrop of fireworks. July 20-21 (8:30 p.m.). Nojimasaki Todai Hiroba (a 35-minute bus ride from JR Tateyama Station). Call 0470-38-4412.