The Last Japanese Mermaids
For nearly two thousand years, Japanese women living in coastal fishing villages made a remarkable livelihood hunting the ocean for oysters and abalone, a sea snail that produces pearls. They are known as Ama. The few women left still make their living by filling their lungs with air and diving for long periods of time deep into the Pacific ocean, with nothing more than a mask and flippers.
In the mid 20th century, Iwase Yoshiyuki returned to the fishing village where he grew up and photographed these women when the unusual profession was still very much alive. After graduating from law school, Yoshiyuki had been given an early Kodak camera and found himself drawn to the ancient tradition of the ama divers in his hometown. His photographs are thought to be the only comprehensive documentation of the near-extinct tradition in existence
“I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.”
I could stare at this until I die.
this isn’t even a problem
This is how I envision hogwarts homework being done
Why aren’t we talking about Dylan sprouse have you SEEN his tweets?
G U Y S
we could have had a singing career.
LOOK AT MY PRINCESS SNAPCHATS
what do you mean snapchats these belong in an art gallery
See this is actually a really neat look at how history works.
Who writes the history books?
This, this and more this!
look at the last pic help
I like to reblog puppy pictures for followers who might be having a rough day because hell, how can you frown when puppy so cute.
*purposely drop something in front of my crush*