BY: TJ MOREY
Meet Mao Sugiyama, a 24-year old illustrator from Tokyo, Japan, who surgically removed his genitals and auctioned them off for people to munch on.
Mao Sugiyama exploded on the twittersphere in 2012 when he tweeted “[Please retweet] I am offering my male genitals (full penis, testes, scrotum) as a meal for 100,000 yen …Will prepare and cook as the buyer requests, at his chosen location.”
For this procedure, Sugiyama, who’s known under the guise of HC, or Ham Cybele, underwent genital-removal surgery to receive a bag full of his 6 inch shlong, testicles, and scrotum skin, rendering him asexual. Sugiyama screened himself before undergoing the procedure to ensure he was disease-free. With no intention of implanting female sexual organs or undergoing female hormone therapy, Sugiyama plans to remain asexual so as to rebel against the gender inequality he finds in today’s society.
Unsurprisingly, Sugiyama’s tweet got enough international attention for him to host a public banquet for 70 people. The severed genitals were cooked by Sugiyama for five guests who paid $250 for the outrageous meal. Sugiyama, who donned a chef’s hat, prepared the meal in front of curious onlookers and feasters. The meal comprised of his sautéed genitals with button mushrooms and Italian parsley. The meal was served following the Japanese food safety and medical waste regulations. The rest of the 70 attendees were served a comparatively less-captivating meal of crocodile or beef meat.
Sugiyama had initially planned to consume the genitals himself but eventually chose to serve them to other people. Sugiyama’s illustrative eccentricities stretch to an extent where he has also removed his nipples in the past.
If you are left wondering as to why such a taboo went unnoticed under the Japanese jurisdiction’s scanner, it’s because the act of cannibalism isn’t illegal in Japan.
Sources: huffpost.com, asn.im