Japanese police are weighing up whether an ‘asexual’ man who cooked his own severed genitals and served them to five paying diners committed a crime, it has emerged.
Mao Sugiyama, 22, had his penis and testicles surgically removed in March and kept them frozen for two months before cooking them at a public event in May.
Diners each paid £160 for a portion which was garnished with mushrooms and parsley. Before tucking into dinner, guests sat down to listen to a piano recital.
The police probe came after the mayor of Suginami ward, the Tokyo district where the event took place, said it had involved the display of obscene objects.
Mayor Ryo Tanaka said: ‘Many residents of Suginami and elsewhere have expressed a sense of discomfort and feeling of apprehension over this.’
A Tokyo police spokesman said she was aware of the complaint but declined to comment any further.
Sugiyama, a painter who defines himself as ‘asexual’, has also not responded to the fact he could now be prosecuted. But he has previously confirmed the event had taken place and said it was organised to raise awareness about ‘sexual minorities, x-gender, asexual people’.
In tweets on May 18, the artist said steps were taken so his act met all relevant laws, including a ban on organ sales, processing of medical waste and even food sanitation requirements.