Eishin Osaki One photographer in particular stands out with his photographs of the Ama. His name was Yoshiyuki Iwase He was given a gift of a small Kodak camera when young and found his muse in the beautiful mermaids of the tired, coastal regions of Japan. Thanks to his efforts, we can take a step back in time and have a glimpse at what life was like working as an Ama diver, and also see his progression as a photographer moving into nude portraits. Yoshiyuki Iwase One of the reasons Ama are largely female is said to be their thicker layer of fat than their male counterparts to help them endure the cold water during long periods of diving. Another reason is the self-supporting nature of the profession, allowing women to live independently and foster strong communities.
Ama - The Pearl Diving Mermaids of Japan (Warning: Nudity) - Gakuranman
After completing her certification dives with Island Divers Hawaii in Oahu, she returned to the island for more certifications, eventually working her way up to PADI Divemaster. After graduating from college and spending time traveling abroad, she moved to Honolulu to work as a divemaster for Honolulu Scuba Company. When the Discovery Channel came calling, Danser jumped at the chance for a new adventure. In addition to the life raft, or what was left of it, they were each allowed to bring one survival item. Danser knew there was one thing that would let her see underwater and act as a tool for hunting and navigation. And while the tiny creatures can provide nutrients, getting through the coating of mucous proved to be an even bigger challenge. As time progressed, Danser eventually graduated to catching more palatable options including conch and lobster.