This Chef you’re about to read about is nothing short of crazy.
Mao Sugiyama, a self-described “asexual” from Tokyo, cooked up, seasoned and served his own genitalia to five diners at a swanky banquet in Japan last month.
In most cases, “asexual” is a word used to describe a person who is non-sexual. Sugiyama, however, embraces it as a way to show that he does not affiliate with either gender.
Sugiyama sparked a firestorm of interest on April 8 with one tweet:
“[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.”
Just days after Sugiyama’s 22nd birthday, the artist underwent elective genital-removal surgery, divided up the severed penis shaft, testicles, and scrotal skin between five people, and garnished it with button mushrooms and Italian parsley.
On April 13, five of six diners who signed up for the $250-a-plate feast, sat down to dinner. The sixth person was a no-show.
The extra diners were served crocodile-based dishes while Sugiyama cooked up the exclusive meal.
The story went viral in Japan. Some showed even more interest, while others complained. Japanese authorities however deemed the banquet legal because there is no law against cannibalism in the country.
Sugiyama also said the dinner was designed to raise awareness about “sexual minorities, x-gender, asexual people.”
New reports now has it that he could face two years in prison.
The Japan Daily Press reports that, he is being charged for indecent exposure, and if convicted Sugiyama could face up to two years in jail and a fine of roughly $32,000.
See pics of the *special dinner* below.