The Ama, or sea-women, practice a Japanese
fishing tradition that dates back at least 5,000 years. With few options to make a living, women learned to dive for abalone, sea cucumber, and other delicacies to sell at the markets. The Ama plunge as deep as 60 feet
in freezing water with no oxygen tanks, using techniques passed from generation to generation. Today, of course, women in Japan have other
job opportunities, and divers’ ranks are dwindling, from 20,000 after World War II, to just 2,000 today, and a tradition unique to this country
may be on the brink of dying out. VICE News followed one mother-daughter
Ama team under the waves.