Dec 11th

Virtual Event Invite: Seaside Adventures with Ama Divers 2021

Seafood barbecue in Mie Prefecture, Japan

Saturday - Dec 11th 2021

Take a traditional tour guided by ama divers, or sea women, who come from a tradition of over 1,000 years of diving for seafood such as urchin, abalone, and scallops. Join our guides as we share the stories from the divers firsthand and then feast ourselves with freshly caught seafood barbecue.

Our tour will take place in Hachiman Kamado, an ama hut experience, located in Mie Prefecture. We will hear firsthand experiences and see the traditional clothing and goods used by ama divers - all while our fresh catch is cooking in the background.

Early ama divers were revered for retrieving seafood for lords and emperors and wore pure white in what was believed to ward off sharks. Today the traditions are somewhat different, and most ama divers wear wetsuits, but they are still primarily made up of female divers.

Today there are only around 50 ~ 100 ama divers with each new generation so join us in this rare glimpse to participate in the live tour and ask questions through a live chat session along the way!

Virtual event:

Available December 11th, 3:00 pm JST

Tour Itinerary (Schedule subject to change)

15:00 - Opening and Introductions in Hachiman Kamado

15:05 - Matoya Bay and Ama Hut Tour

15:15 - Ama Story, Clothing, and Dance

15:30 - Fresh Seafood Discoveries

15:40 - Seafood Barbecue and tasting

15:50 - Closing / Question and Answer


Eat! Meet! Japan is a project that recognizes and promotes the best Japanese food experiences nationwide. Commissioned by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries (MAFF), the project provides an environment where foreign tourists can enjoy unique Japanese food experiences even after multiple visits to Japan.

Eat! Meet! Japan brings people together through food and provides a window into the culture of the areas represented. These award-winning experiences demonstrate Japanese food as a gateway into topics like history, spirituality, sustainability, local agriculture, and craftsmanship.

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Justin Velgus 2 years ago
These divers are well-known around Japan, but not enough around the world. Hopefully this event spreads the history and culture of this unique way of life!
Sleiman Azizi 2 years ago
That meal looks amazing. Pirate food!
Kim 2 years ago
Oh, this looks awesome!
Kim 2 years ago
Yes, it's something I'd love to see in person, but I'll take a virtual experience as a good substitute!
Elena Lisina 2 years ago
I watched those women in TV Program!

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