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Japanese artist, Mao Sugiyama, serves up his genitals at banquet

By JohnThomas Didymus     May 25, 2012 in Food
Tokyo - Mao Sugiyama, 22-year-old "asexual" Japanese artist, had his genitals surgically removed at a hospital. He then took his frozen penis and scrotum home, seasoned and cooked them for five dinner guests. He cooked his genitals himself, supervised by a chef.
According to, Sugiyama organized a banquet dubbed “Ham Cybele – Century Banquet,” at the “Asagaya Loft A” event space in the Suginami Ward of Tokyo. explains that "'Century' in Japanese is a homophone for the Japanese word for 'genitals' and 'Ham Cybele' refers to the Anatolian mother goddess, prefixed with an appropriate word for tough meat to create a phrase whose initials match Sugiyama’s artist name of HC."
According to, Sugiyama publicly seasoned and braised his own genitals on a portable gas cartridge burner. Daily Mail reports that the genitalia were garnished with mushrooms and parsley. He charged the five diners $250 per person.
According to Daily Mail, before the favored guests tucked into dinner, they were entertained to a piano recital and took part in a panel discussion. reports that the young man had initially considered eating his genitals himself but decided to invite guests instead. According to The Huffington Post, he first tweeted his intention to offer his genitals for dinner on April 8. A few days before his 22nd birthday, he underwent elective genital-removal surgery.
Daily Mail reports that his tweeted invitation to dinner excited a flurry of interest online. He tweeted: "I am offering my male genitals (full penis, testes, scrotum) as a meal for 100,000 yen (£800). I’m Japanese." He continued: "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. 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."
Sugiyama initially split the offer between six guests. According to The Hufffington Post, he finally divided it up into penis shaft, testicles and scrotal skin between five diners. On April 13, only five of six diners signed up for the $250-per-plate feast. The sixth person failed to show up.
About 70 people attended the dinner in the Suginami ward of Tokyo. While five people dined on Sugiyama's genitals, others ate beef and crocodile meat. reports that the five genital eaters were a 32-year-old male artist, who said he was doing it for "research," a 30-year-old white-collar couple, who said they were simply "curios," an attractive 22-year-old woman, who said she wondered how it would feel, and a 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.”
Sugiyama posted photos of the event to his blog but later removed them citing "privacy considerations." According to Daily Mail, he made his guests sign a waiver that he was not responsible if they became ill from eating his penis and scrotum. Guests said the genitalia had a rubbery texture and a bland taste, reports.
The Huffington Post reports that when called the police, they said they could not launch any investigation into the incident because no laws were contravened. According to, there is no law against cannibalism in Japan.
Daily Mail reports Sugiyam also had his nipples removed.
According to MSN, Sugiyam said he hosted the dinner to "raise awareness about sexual minorities, x-gender [and asexual] people."
Daily Mail reports that Sugiyam as an "asexual" said he would not have his male genitalia replaced with female ones.
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