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Ama Divers

- Guardians of the Sea

The Enchanting Tradition of Ama Divers on the Shima Peninsula

February 13, 2024

Embarking on a tailor-made expedition with Links Travel and Tours to the Shima Peninsula unveils not just breathtaking landscapes but also immerses you in the timeless tradition of ama divers. As the bespoke tour experts, we invite you to delve into the heart of Mie Prefecture, where the ocean’s rhythm aligns with the ancient art of free diving practiced by these remarkable guardians of the sea.

Ama Diving: Crafted by Time, Guided by Tradition

In collaboration with Links Travel and Tours, witness the captivating legacy of ama divers, an integral part of Shima’s coastal community. We can curate an exploration of the 28 districts where approximately 1,000 ama divers gracefully navigate the bays, collecting treasures from the ocean depths.

As travel operators passionate about preserving cultural heritage, we invite you to unravel the mysteries of ama diving. From prized abalones to turban shells and sea cucumbers, each dive is a testament to a tradition woven into the very fabric of the Shima Peninsula.

Ama and Ise Jingu Shrine: A Sacred Odyssey

Experience the profound connection between the ama divers and the revered Ise Jingu Shrine. Join us as we unveil the sacred presentation of Noshi awabi, strips of dried abalone, offered three times a year. This ritual, steeped in spiritual significance, symbolizes the enduring bond between the guardians of the sea and the sacred grounds of Ise Jingu Shrine.

Links Travel and Tours: Crafting Bespoke Experiences

At Links Travel and Tours, we transcend the conventional, offering tailor-made journeys that resonate with your travel aspirations. Our commitment as travel operators extends beyond exploration to preservation. Immerse yourself in the ancient artistry of ama diving, curated with the expertise of tailor-made tour experts who understand the significance of cultural continuity.

Generations of Wisdom, Shared by Links Travel and Tours

As you traverse the Shima Peninsula with Links Travel and Tours, recognize the seamless transition of wisdom from one generation of ama divers to the next. Our bespoke tours encapsulate not just the scenic beauty but also the cultural richness nurtured by these remarkable women.

Discover the resilience of tradition as we introduce you to an 85-year-old ama diver, a testament to the enduring spirit of these sea guardians. Witness firsthand the living legacy as she gracefully continues the age-old practice.

Savoring the Harvest: A Culinary Odyssey

Extend your Shima Peninsula journey with a culinary adventure that showcases the fruits of the ama divers’ labor. Indulge in a meal meticulously crafted from the day’s catch, prepared with the expertise that comes from generations of local knowledge. Links Travel and Tours invites you to not just witness tradition but to taste it, creating a sensory experience that lingers long after the journey concludes.

Join us on a journey where the ebb and flow of the ocean echo the enduring traditions of ama divers. With Links Travel and Tours, every dive becomes a connection to the past, a celebration of cultural heritage, and an exploration of the symbiotic relationship between humankind and the vastness of the sea.

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