Japanese Artist Mao Sugiyama Cooks and Serves His Own Genitals to 5 Diners at Public ‘Ham Cybele’ Banquet
A Japanese artist publicly cooked and served his own surgically-removed genitals to five “lucky” diners in Tokyo last month.
CalorieLab reports that Mao Sugiyama, aka “HC,” came up with the insanely unique idea of grilling his own manhood and was able to do so after undergoing a radical surgical procedure in which his penis and testicles were removed. Sugiyama, who is a self-described ‘asexual,’ treated himself to the surgery for his 22nd birthday.
After the surgery, Sugiyama tweeted:
[Please Retweet] I am offering my male genitals (full penis, testes, scrotum) as a meal for 100,000 yen [$1,250]. I’m Japanese. The organs were surgically removed at age 22. I was tested to be free of venereal diseases. The organs were of normal function. I was not receiving female hormone treatment. The length at full erection was 16.1 cm [6.3 inches]. First interested buyer will get them, or I will also consider selling to a group. Will prepare and cook as the buyer requests, at his chosen location. If you have questions, please contact me by DM or e-mail.
That tweet generated so much buzz that Sugiyama decided to host a public tasting, which he called ‘Ham Cybele- Century Banquet,’ at Tokyo’s Asagaya Loft event space. Six people signed up for the $250/plate experience; five of them showed up for the big date. Sugiyama, dressed in chef’s attire, seasoned and braised his own genitals on a portable gas burner and served them up in various creative dishes.
Shigenobu Matsuzawa, a 29-year-old event planner, was one of the “lucky” diners. “It’s a once-in-a-lifetime chance, so I decided on the spur of the moment to do it,” he tweeted.
Diners had to sign waivers releasing Sugiyama from anything that might have gone wrong from eating human genitals. A local police spokesman told CalorieLab that despite many citizen complaints, there was nothing they could do, since cannibalism isn’t illegal in Japan.
But, “we’re going to talk to the people at Asagaya Loft and ask them what is going on and why they hosted such an event,” the spokesman said.
UPDATE: Despite attempting to carefully adhere to all pertinent Japanese laws, Sugiyama has been charged with indecent exposure. A Tokyo Metropolitan Police spokesman told Agence France-Presse that four individuals, including the artist, “openly display the severed male genitals to the assembled 71 guests”
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