- From the Ijika sea, winter -
- Ijika and female divers -
- From the Ijika sea -
Detailed coverage on a town of female divers and fishermen in the Ise-Shima region.
Ijika-cho, Toba, Mie prefecture is a small fishing harbor with a population of less than 500 where people have been living with the blessings of a bountiful sea for generations. Ijika is a town where the “wisdom of life” and the “awe of nature” that ought to be held in Japanese people’s hearts still remain. We have covered this town closely for a year and a half.
Episode 1. YASA YASA - From the Ijika sea, winter –
Ijika-cho, Toba, Mie prefecture, is a town of female divers and fishermen making a living from the harvest of the sea. Due to depopulation and the aging of society, rituals which have been passed from generation to generation are dying. “What should we change and what should remain unchanged”…those are the questions on the minds of the people who conduct the town events and the female divers who face the sea with only their flesh and blood. We witnessed their worries and struggles with how it would turn out.
Episode 2. YASA YASA - Ijika and female divers -
Ijika-cho, Toba, Mie prefecture, is a town of female divers and fishermen. Two young women came to this small town with a population of less than 500 from big cities to become female divers. “Accepting women from big cities to become female divers is unprecedented.” Will those 2 young women be accepted by Ijika’s experienced female divers? This is a documentary program that closely follows their experiences from their audition to their first fishing outing.
Episode 3. YASA YASA - From the Ijika sea -
People have been living with the blessings of a bountiful sea for generations keeping gratitude in mind toward a Japanese sea god. But the town is surely changing due to depopulation and the aging of society.Shinto rituals and regional culture are disappearing one after another…In the midst of circumstance, Ijika people accepted city-born-city-bred young women as successor to aging female divers. How fishermen, female divers and the town are going to be changed? We witnessed their worries and struggles with how it would turn out for 1 year.
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