There are about 1,000 professional female shellfish divers called “Ama” in the Ise-Shima area. They are vigorous working women of Ise-Shima and they say that, “A full-fledged Ama diver has the guts to even feed her husband”.
Traditionally, they dive into the sea without any diving equipment like oxygen tanks to catch shellfish and seaweed. Their fishing method has a long history and can be traced back through some ancient records. While working in the sea, they breathe in a unique way to avoid damage to their lungs. Their breathing method is called “Isobue” (literally “sea whistle”). It sounds very plaintive and it was once selected as one of the 100 Sounds of Japan.
“Amagoya” literally means a hut where Ama divers rest and amuse themselves with their fellow divers after diving. Visitors can enjoy the fine flavor of fresh, local charcoal-grilled seafood while listening to the stories told by the vigorous and cheerful Ama divers in their white diving suits.
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Name of Ama house : Amagoya Experience, Osatsu-kamado
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Reservation : Amagoya Experience, Osatsu-kamado