Once upon a time women free divers in Japan would not have found a husband without being able to dive. These days their numbers are dwindling and their average age rising. Photo: Alamy

Age catching up with Japan’s women free divers, keepers of a 3,000-year tradition

Self-taught divers harvest abalone and shellfish in waters off central Japan until they are in their 70s, and remember a time when women couldn’t net a husband unless they could free-dive

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Once upon a time women free divers in Japan would not have found a husband without being able to dive. These days their numbers are dwindling and their average age rising. Photo: Alamy
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