Dying Arts Dept.

The geisha have been a dying breed for a while, but apparently so are the pearl fishers:

Ancient art of pearl diving breathes its last | World news | The Guardian

... The dearth of potential successors could spell the end of a tradition thought to have originated 2,000 years ago, and which gets a mention in Manyoshu, a seventh-century collection of Japanese poetry. "We don't have a single young woman - and by young I mean someone in her 30s - diving with us these days," said Ms Sakai.

Article dates from 2006 but that only makes it all the more poignant.

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