Nyotaimori, ‘to eat sashimi or sushi displayed on a naked female body’ once practiced in the secret underworld of the Japanese Yakuza, has not garnered ANY attention among the Japanese mainstream of late. It is a different story in the United States, likely due to intense competition among sushi restaurants, and a select few sushi places offer this attraction for small groups who wish to experience this style of sushi dining. More recently it has evolved into a trendy fad in certain major cities in Europe. In Los Angeles, one of the restaurants offering Nyotaimori is: Hadaka Sushi in West Hollywood that will, for a price, arrange this for you.
Cleanliness is the most important factor in preparing for this event. All body hair must be removed and the person’s skin must be cleaned by soaking in a hot bath and being thoroughly scrubbed with a Japanese akasuri (rough cloth), before positioning the sushi on the body (in America the sushi must be placed on a banana leaf for health reasons) the woman’s body must be cooled down by rinsing with cold water to bring the body temperature down, this is a very important step.
Hadaka Sushi, West Hollywood
8226 West Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, 90046
Above: From Hong Kong, the title of the photo “Ikizukuri” (meaning: live skinned fish eaten as sashimi, sake is sometimes poured into the fish’s mouth to show how fresh it is, and it will wiggle).
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