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Toba (鳥羽市), Mie Prefecture (三重県), Ama Divers - Japan 2008 (10)

Toba Ama woman divers would harvest shellfish, seaweed, and oysters with pearls while holding their breath beneath these cold fertile waters. They served us the freshest turban shell and clams grilled over a charcoal fire in their Ama Hut by the sea in Ise Toba.
On ascending, the ama diver on exhale, would make a whistling-sigh sound into the wooden tub known to Japanese as "elegy of the sea," or "isobue" - a whistling sound which evokes sadness to those who hear it.
These ama divers are environmentally sensitive and do not believe in over harvesting the seafood. Their outfit is white but they once dove naked in the chilly waters to a depth of 10-20 meters holding their breaths for up to 2 minutes. Their work is intensive as they have a small window when the tides are just right for their dives.
The Ise Jingu Shrine is the holiest Shinto Shrine in Japan and dates back to the 3rd century; the shrine wooden supports are rebuilt with local timber every 20 years. The inner shrine is next to the holy Isuzu River.
Toba Bay with View  008.jpg
Toba Bay with View 008.jpg
Toba Bay with Aquaculture Beds 014.jpg
Toba Bay with Aquaculture Beds 014.jpg
Toba Bay with Sub 021.jpg
Toba Bay with Sub 021.jpg
Toba Hotel Grounds 025.jpg
Toba Hotel Grounds 025.jpg
Bride at Toba Hotel 031.jpg
Bride at Toba Hotel 031.jpg
Kimono with Otaiko (Drum Knot) 038.jpg
Kimono with Otaiko (Drum Knot) 038.jpg
Harajuku Girls 049.jpg
Harajuku Girls 049.jpg
Natural Pearls 057.jpg
Natural Pearls 057.jpg
Ama Boat 060.jpg
Ama Boat 060.jpg
Ama Boat 063.jpg
Ama Boat 063.jpg
Ama 070.jpg
Ama 070.jpg
Ama 083.jpg
Ama 083.jpg
Tempura and More 088.jpg
Tempura and More 088.jpg
Maguro no Akami Zukedon 089.jpg
Maguro no Akami Zukedon 089.jpg
Toba Ama 092.jpg
Toba Ama 092.jpg
Toba Ama Driver 097.jpg
Toba Ama Driver 097.jpg
Toba Bay 99.jpg
Toba Bay 99.jpg
With Reiko Nomura 100mly.jpg
With Reiko Nomura 100mly.jpg
Fresh Clams and Shells 102.jpg
Fresh Clams and Shells 102.jpg
Charcoal Grilling in Ama Hut 107.jpg
Charcoal Grilling in Ama Hut 107.jpg
Grilled Turban Shell (Sazae) 112.jpg
Grilled Turban Shell (Sazae) 112.jpg
Grilled Clam 115.jpg
Grilled Clam 115.jpg
Group leader Reiko Nomura, Toba Ama (私達がお世話します) 116.jpg
Group leader Reiko Nomura, Toba Ama (私達がお世話します) 116.jpg
Toasted Rice Buns 118.jpg
Toasted Rice Buns 118.jpg
Slot Limit Ruler 121.jpg
Slot Limit Ruler 121.jpg
Michiko Kaneko, Toba Ama 123.jpg
Michiko Kaneko, Toba Ama 123.jpg
Toba Ama Reiko Nomura 126mly.jpg
Toba Ama Reiko Nomura 126mly.jpg
Ise Jingu 135a.jpg
Ise Jingu 135a.jpg
Ise Jingu - Isuzu River 140.jpg
Ise Jingu - Isuzu River 140.jpg
Ise Jingu Torii 146.jpg
Ise Jingu Torii 146.jpg
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147.jpg
Ise Jingu Shrine 148.jpg
Ise Jingu Shrine 148.jpg
Temizuya - Water Cleansing of hands and mouth at Shinto Ise Jingu 149.jpg
Temizuya - Water Cleansing of hands and mouth at Shinto Ise Jingu 149.jpg
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150.jpg
152.jpg
152.jpg
Fugu Joint 153.jpg
Fugu Joint 153.jpg
Ekiben Stand 154.jpg
Ekiben Stand 154.jpg
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160.jpg
Ekiben with Turban Shell, $13 169.jpg
Ekiben with Turban Shell, $13 169.jpg
Ekiben 170.jpg
Ekiben 170.jpg
Ekiben 171.jpg
Ekiben 171.jpg