Tokyo - Mao Sugiyama, 23, the man behind the controversial cooking and serving of detached genitals, and three others who helped the said event are now under trial on the Japanese court, on the ground of alleged indecent exposure.
According to the report, if proven guilty of displaying obscene objects in Japanese, they will face two-year imprisonment plus a maximum fine of 2.5 million yen ($32,000) each.
Sugiyama, a Japanese Chef caught the world’s attention after he admitted to having cut his genitals and kept it frozen for two months prior to serving it to paying diners in Japan.
Sugiyama, with the help of a physician, had his penis and testicles surgically removed.
Based on a Digital Journal report, Sugiyama through his Twitter account posted an invitation concerning his surgically removed genital organs:
"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."
In addition, based on a report, Sugiyama admitted detaching his genitals was for a certain cause:
According to MSN, Sugiyama said he hosted the dinner to "raise awareness about sexual minorities, x-gender [and asexual] people."
There were actually diners who responded to Sugiyama’s invitation:
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.
After the event, graphic photos of Sugiyama’s meal flooded the Internet through a blog and sparked interest.