Sea Women

Women diving into the ocean to pick abalones are known in Japan as “amas” or “sea women”. Ladies diving into waters of up to 20 meters deep have become one of Japan’s trademarks, despite the fact that many of the ‘amas’ have lost their lives throughout the years due to the risky diving that is made just by wearing a simple mask. Some of them are in their 70s or 80s, but continue to dive. A kilogram of wild abalone sells for around Y8,000, although most consumed in Japan are now farmed.



06. October 2013 by Joey
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