Hyper Japan this year had awesome staff that greeted you in the entrance with mementos from Japan. They had an awesome Xmas tree with a twist: you could adorn it with your wishes, like if you were in Japan. When you go to a temple, you can write your wishes on wooden blocks and leave them there so they become true. Instead to do it within a Japanese temple, Hyper Japan greeted you with the possibility of mixing Western culture with Japanese culture. Your wishes would decorate a Xmas tree! (How cool is that!?)
I’d like to be as beautiful as Ama, Japanese mermaid. Ama (海女) means “woman of the sea”. Ama are specialized free-diving women who are able to go down into the sea around 30 feet, into the cold water, wearing simple clothing, to gather shellfish. They were able to work during 4 hours! These strong women maintained the traditional way of diving (including the clothing) just till recently.
Ama divers, Japanese mermaids, used to collect oysters and pick up the pearls. They got bonuses if they could find pearls. So, the business started up and went well till tourism arrived. Ama used to do their jobs with simple clothing, only covering the lower parts of their bodies. However, due to the astonishment of tourists, in 1964 full body suits were introduced. So, the tradition kind of broke up in the moment the whole suit was introduced.