The area around "Jingu," the Grand Shrine of Ise, was lively even during the Edo period, bustling with activity and entertainment while the shrine itself served as a sacred place for worshippers. This created a distinct culture. The complex terrain led to unique customs which are still cherished today. A traditional shellfish female diver "ama" who enters the water without any breathing gear is born from necessity. Discover the local culture and other traditions on our journey through Mie Prefecture.
Meeting with a traditional shellfish diver, an "ama"
Enjoying the abalone which the "ama" has just caught
The famous saying goes: "Once in their lifetime, everyone has to see Ise"
In midsummer, a cool breeze comes from a river in a deep forest