The Japanese island of Okinawa has a mermaid statue on Moon Beach on the western coast of the island.

Moon Beach Mermaid sculpture

Okinawa’s Moon Beach Mermaid. Photo © byMackenzie Bell.

The bronze statue was made in 1987 by world renowned artist Naka Bokunen, famous in particular for his brightly colored woodblock prints of Okinawa’s nature.

The statue commemorates a local legend about a mermaid who saved two swimming visitors to Moon Beach.  Mermaids rescuing swimmers or fishermen is a recurring theme in many local legends.

Moon Beach Mermaid Statue.  Photo © by Innuent.

Moon Beach Mermaid Statue. Photo © by Innuent.

See the Moon Beach Mermaid page for more information.