Japan’s last female ‘Ama’ pearl-divers

Japan’s last female ‘Ama’ pearl-divers
Japan’s last female ‘Ama’ pearl-divers

This media cannot be played on your device.

The tradition of Japanese freediving has been passed down through generations of women since the 8th Century. Now, it is at risk of disappearing.

This video is part of BBC Reel’s Ultimate Japan playlist.

Join more than three million BBC Travel fans by liking us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter and Instagram.

If you liked this story, sign up for the weekly bbc.com features newsletter called “The Essential List”. A handpicked selection of stories from BBC Future, Culture, Worklife and Travel, delivered to your inbox every Friday.