Legends about mermaids are told long ago around the world. These enigmatic creatures have been seen and charmed sailors in the waters of the farthest corners of the Earth. In Japan, a nation surrounded by the sea, stories of these half-human beings and half-fish has been reported for centuries.
Mermaids are known as Ningyo in Japanese, but unlike the traditional Western mermaids, they look more like a sea creature than a human being, causing horror in the waters of the Land of the Rising Sun.
The Ningyo were not only sighted but captured for a long time. Often for their immortal flesh, in others, exposed as attractions in Misemonos (fairs of the Edo period) that attracts thousands of people. These popular events had a wide variety of attractions, and the most awaited were the expositions of bizarre and exotic natural phenomena such as mermaids. There are many reports of these creatures succeeding in the fairs of this period, in addition to being exported to other parts of the world.
They say that much of this material was handcrafted for these exhibitions, but they were so minutely detailed that they deceived even the most demanding spectator.
Stories of Mermaids have populated and enchanted the imagination not only of sailors, but of people from all over the world for a long time, and to this day their intriguing appearances wrapped in mystery in the waters of every corner of the Earth.