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Gorgeous Prints Immortalize The Naked, Pearl-Diving 'Mermaids' Of Japan

For centuries, a group of women known as ama have participated in an archaic, almost fairy tale-like profession. The Japanese term “ama” translates literally to “women of the sea,” and refers to the female free divers who’ve worked to gather seaweed, shellfish, and, most importantly, abalone and pearls, for thousands of years. Traditionally, ama dove in the nude, often wearing nothing but a small loincloth to help them gather their bounty, diving to depths of 30 meters and holding their breath for upwards of two minutes.
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