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