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Pearl Divers at Mikimoto Island

Watch white-costumed Ama diving from a small boat

I loved Mikimoto Pearl Island! One of the things I really enjoyed was the diving display by the white-costumed Ama. Ise-Shima's female free divers played an important role in the birth of the cultured pearl industry. When I was there they collected shellfish and seaweed from the sea. The water was shallow because the tide was out, so we could see the divers moving beneath the water surface, and we were close enough to hear the distinctive whistling sound they make to control their breathing. There was a special room with English commentary and explanation available for a small fee.

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