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Ama women divers carry torches into the sea in Japan

Village women carrying torches enter the sea during the annual Shirahama Ama Women Divers Festival, in Shirahama city, Chiba prefecture, 62 miles (100km) southeast of Tokyo, Japan, July 16. This year, 50 village women dressed as Ama divers performed a ritual swim to pay homage to the ama tradition, while also praying for the safety and success of local fisherman in the coming season. Ama women divers are an ancient tradition in Japan who free dive for shell fish, seaweed and pearls to support their villages.
Village women carrying torches enter the sea during the annual Shirahama Ama Women Divers Festival, in Shirahama city, Chiba prefecture, 62 miles (100km) southeast of Tokyo, Japan, July 16. This year, 50 village women dressed as Ama divers performed a ritual swim to pay homage to the ama tradition, while also praying for the safety and success of local fisherman in the coming season. Ama women divers are an ancient tradition in Japan who free dive for shell fish, seaweed and pearls to support their villages.Everett Kennedy Brown / EPA

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