Noyotaimori, or “female body presentation,” is the practice of serving sushi from the body of a naked woman.
While actually considered something of an urban legend in Japan, Western media has made nyotaimori out to be far more popular than it really is and anyone wanting to try would have much better luck going to Montreal or New York.
Still, a few high-class restaurants offering the service are said to exist in cities like Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto, though you’ll probably need connections with the Japanese mafia or a lot of cash to get in. How much cash, you say? According to Chinese portal site China.org.cn, expect to pay anywhere from 150,000 yen (US $1,920) for a standard nyotaimori and up to 1,000,000 yen (US $12,785) if you want to go all out.
Putting aside the questionable validity of the source, I’m pretty sure you could order take-out sushi, hire a prostitute and have your own nyotaimori party for much less. But I suppose that would be against the point: nyotaimori is considered by many to be a form of art and before becoming a living sushi platter, models must train themselves to lie still for hours and endure pokes, prods and splashes of cold water without fidgeting.
The article posted by China.org.cn is accompanied by a series of nyotaimori pictures (see below), though it’s obvious that no one at that party is Japanese. The bar stools and fake vegetation in the background also suggest that it’s no high-class restaurant either. Of course, it’s unlikely that any real Japanese restaurant offering nyotarimori would never let customers take photos of the event…and live.
by remora + robin