Mermaid ephemera that you sent me and that I’ve stumbled across lately: a Japanese horror film, Paper Darts magazine, what can only be a sexual fetish, an Adult Mag Bedtime Story, hipster Ariel and more. The Pearl Diving Mermaids of Japan. One of the lesser-known but fascinating parts of Japanese culture is that of the Ama pearl divers. Ama (?? in Japanese), literally means ‘woman of the sea’ and is recorded as early as 750 in the oldest Japanese anthology of poetry, the Man’yoshu. These women specialised in freediving some 30 feet down into cold water wearing nothing more than a loincloth. Utilising special techniques to hold their breath for up to 2 minutes at a time, they would work for up to 4 hours a day in order to gather abalone, seaweed and other shellfish.The rest is on Gakuran.com. Via @.
The sound of the ocean is an idea, sometimes good, sometimes poisoned, but an idea. I pray to the arrhythmic waves, to the deceitful mermaids with elongated tails. They smell of fish. They smell of reed and sand. They are ideas created by men. They are everything that I fear in the ocean.
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