Every Ama's story is different

No two Ama are the same. Find out how they found themselves diving to support themselves and what they really think about the traditional way of life.

The interviewer is a practicing Ama interviewing other Ama in Toba and Shima giving an unfiltered look at each woman's thoughts on the lifestyle. Future interviews will cover all ranges of age and background for the free-diving women of Toba and Shima.

Born and raised in Toyota, Aichi prefecture. 

Ama since winter 2015

Ijika, Toba, Mie

Born and raised in Osatsu, Toba.

​Ama since summer 2017

Osatsu, Toba, Mie

Born and raised in Osatsu, Toba.

​Ama since summer 2016

Osatsu, Toba, Mie

© 2019 海女 | Toba & Shima Ama (Japanese Female Freedivers) | 日本

Toba Sea-Folk Museum, MIE UNIVERSITY AMA RESEARCH CENTER,

AMA Promotion Council & the Toba Chamber of Commerce