The Japanese island of Okinawa has a mermaid statue on Moon Beach on the western coast of the island.
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.
See the Moon Beach Mermaid page for more information.