The Futo Bay-located on the Eastern coast of the Izu Peninsula-and the neighboring Izu Oceanic Park are the quintessential Kanto diving spots.
As the two locations are blessed with relatively calm marine conditions throughout the year, both beach and boat diving are enjoyed there by crowds of people visiting during the holidays.
The Futo Bay and the Izu Oceanic Park are also great places for observing many different life forms. In the Spring, there are the lumpfish; in the Summer, one can enjoy the sight of the Bigfin reef squids or the numerous scenes of mountain bird egg-laying and other animal reproduction; Autumn brings with it schools of migrating fish; Winter is when a few species of fish begin their fatal migration or when southern crustaceans appear.
This photo album does not contain pictures of the most amazing creatures found at these locations, but rather it focuses on the regular life forms one might encounter there every day. Its goal is to tell the world about the delights of the Futo sea.
Photographer: Hisao Hamura
Licensed in 1986, he immediately started taking underwater pictures with his Motor Marine. Since then he might have traded it for a digital camera but his enthusiasm has not wavered. To this day, every week, he continues to dive and take pictures.
Minolta Nature Photo Contest - Outstanding Work Award, Special Choice Award
Fuji Film Photo Contest, Nature Category - Silver Medal, 2nd Outstanding Work Award
Nikon Photo Contest, Nature Category - Selected
Canon Photo Contest, Nature Category - Selected (2nd time)
The All-Japan Association of Photographic Societies, Nature of Japan – Selected
Mainichi Photo Contest – Selected
Epson Color Image Contest – 2nd Special Choice Award, Selected, Honorable Mention