Imagine signing into your Twitter account and seeing this Tweet pop up on your page:
[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.
Mao Sugiyama, 22, a Japanese man who describes himself as asexual, voluntarily underwent surgery in April to have his male genitalia removed. He has no intention of having any form of female genitalia put in place of his male parts.
Sugiyama initially considered eating his genitalia himself, then thought he would offer the meal to the first person to pay 100,000 yen, which is about $1,250.
However, his tweet caused such a stir he changed his mind for a second time, and decided to hold a banquet he named “Ham Cybele – Century Banquet,” at the “Asagaya Loft A” in the Suginami Ward of Tokyo.
Sugiyama, in a moment of creative flair, picked the name because Century is a homophone in Japanese for genitalia, and Ham Cybele was a reference to the Anatolian mother goddess, prefixed with a appropriate word for tough meat which created a phrase that initials match Sugiyama’s artist name, HC.
The banquet, which was attended by 70 people who were mostly in their 20s, featured piano music and a panel discussion before the dinner.
Sugiyama donned a chef’s outfit, hat and all, and cooked his genitals himself in front of the crowd while a licensed food preparation specialist supervised.
There was only enough genitalia to go around for five servings, so the rest of the banquet guests feasted on beef or crocodile.
The five genital eaters were a 32-year-old male manga artist (that claimed to be there for “research”), a 30-year-old white-collar couple (who said they were “curious”), an attractive 22-year-old woman (who said she wondered how it would feel), and 29-year-old event planner Shigenobu Matsuzawa, who tweeted before the event, “It’s a once in a lifetime chance, so I decided on the spur of the moment to do it.”
Matsuzawa posted a detailed blog post on April 14 after the banquet, including about 20 photographs. On May 19 he suddenly deleted the post and in its place, visitors found a new post saying the original was removed due to privacy considerations. This is strange considering Sugiyama had linked to the blog post and seemed to endorse it.
The genitals were braised and garnished with button mushrooms and Italian parsley.
According to Matsuzawa’s detailed blog post, the hard, rubbery penis root almost bent his fork and tasted only of the red wine it had been pre-stewed in. He said he spit it out after a few chews. Sugiyama’s scrotum, which still had pubic hair on it, was surprisingly even harder and more rubbery than the penis, but tasteless. Matsuzawa said that he testicles were hard on the outside, soft and glutinous in the middle, with a fishy or gamey taste.
According to Matsuzawa, one of his friends that had attended the banquet asked him for a piece of the penis and ate it, but then after the event became distraught and regretted that he had lost his common sense in the heat of the moment.
Although police received complaints, they did not get involved because they say there is no law against cannibalism in Japan.
Source: Calorielab.com NOTE: Calorielab.com’s article contains graphic images of the cooked genitals. Warning, they look like what they are.