September 14, 2009

Sushi in the Flesh

By Stuart Turner

I consider myself to be an experienced sushi eater but even I have never eaten my favorite food off someone else's body.

The Japanese like to push the boundaries of everything they do an Nyotaimori or body sushi has long been an underground hit with adventurous diners though it is not as popular over there as many curious westerners think.

If you are wondering what I am talking about, Nyotaimori means female body presentation in Japanese.

and is the practice of eating sushi or sashimi from the body of a naked woman.

The sushi rolls and delicate strips of raw fish are strategically and artistically placed on the woman's (or man's) body which brings it to room temperature. The models (or human platters) are known as Hadaka and are washed and prepared beforehand. They are carefully chosen to have smooth skin and have to lie still for hours while happy diners munch away. In most western restaurants offering this bizarre dining experience, the Hadaka are not completely naked to preserve their modesty and make sure the food hygiene office are happy.

It is still relatively obscure but even us health and safety conscious Brits can enjoy the naked sushi experience thanks to a couple of brave London businessmen. Excited diners are paying a cool £250 for the experience called Flash Sushi which includes a 10-course sushi dinner prepared by a Japanese chef and unlimited drinks.

The concept of Nyotaimori is an extension of the visual element of Japanese cuisine - the food you eat should not only taste good but should look appetising as well. It certainly makes a difference from a nice serving plate or bowl.

I am undecided as to whether this is an experience I am keen to try or not although it would certainly be unique. It sounds intreguing but I'm not sure how hungry I would be with even the most delicious sushi, beautifully arranged on someone's belly button. Maybe one of my braver sushi followers could give it a go and let me know if it's worth the effort and if it's a culinary delight or a sushi fright.

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February 26, 2011

Nyotaimori, also known as ‘Body Sushi’, is a type of sushi or sashimi that is served on the body of a women, typically naked women body. This kind of serving is rarely found in some parts of the world. This is an obscure Japanese practice, which had attracted immense media attention when it was first introduced.

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