Shirahama Ama Festival

Shirahama Ama Festival
白浜 海女まつり

DO: This festival celebrates the culture of ama, female free-divers who practice a traditional form of fishing to gather shellfish. The highlight of the night is the ama no yaei, the Ama Night Swim where many female divers dressed in the traditional gear swim into the ocean holding fire torches. Fireworks, numerous food stands, and obon-dancing to local folk songs are also part of the festivities.

Learn more about the ama here: https://www.japantimes.co.jp/life/2015/06/20/travel/dive-culture-minamiboso/#.WZUogOlLfIU

WHEN: mid July, Marine Day weekend (around the 20th)
PHONE: Minamiboso Tourism Association, 0470-28-5307
http://amamatsuri.com

WHERE: Nojimazaki Lighthouse Park
Minamiboso City, Shirahama-cho Shirahama 630

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