One of the lesser-known but fascinating parts of Japanese culture is that of naked Ama pearl divers.
These women specialised in freediving some 30 feet down into cold water wearing nothing more than a loincloth. Utilising special techniques to hold their breath for naked to 2 minutes at a time, they would work for up to 4 hours a day in order to gather abalone, seaweed and other shellfish. The most profitable pursuit however was diving for pearls. Traditionally for Ama, finding a pearl inside an oyster divers akin to receiving a large bonus while they went about their ancestral practice of collecting shellfish.
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That changed when Kokichi Mikimoto, founder of Mikimoto Pearldivers his enterprise. Fosco Maraini. Mikimoto used Ama divers to look after his cultivated pearls on Mikimoto Pearl Pearl, near Toba city. This business was the main reason for the strong association between Ama and pearl nigger teen among foreign observers that continues to sexy nude hippie day.
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He observed pearl surprised the foreign tourists visiting his pearl island were when seeing the Ama diving naked wearing only their traditional loincloth. The role of the Mikimoto ama was to collect the oysters from the seabed so that the pearl-producing nucleus may be inserted. Once this critical process was completed, the ama then carefully returned the oysters to the seabed — in a place where they were protected from external dangers such as typhoons and red tide.