A man who cooked his own genitalia and then served it to guests in a Japanese restaurant has been charged with indecent exposure.
Mao Sugiyama, 23, had his penis and testicles surgically removed by a doctor.
His cut off genitals had been certified free of infection and frozen for two months before being served at a banquet in Suginami, a residential area in western Tokyo.
He charged the guests around $250 per person to eat the food that was decorated with mushrooms and parsley. He Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department charged Sugiyama and three others who helped organize the event with criminal charges.
Sugiyama who describes himself as an asexual illustrator could not be charged for the sale of his genitals as there is no law against cannibalism in Japan. If convicted of indecent exposure, Sugiyama, who also had his nipples removed, could be jailed by up to two years and receive a fine of up to $32,000.
Mao, who goes by the nickname of HC, said he had initially considered eating his own penis but instead decided to serve it to others. He cooked the genitals, which were removed, shortly after his 22nd birthday, while being supervised by a chef.
Guests were required to sign a waiver so he would not be held responsible if they became ill. In announcing the event on Twitter for the first time he offered to cook his penis for $1200. However, ultimately, he decided to divide the food among six people.
"The organs were surgically removed at age 22. I tested to be free of venereal diseases. The body parts are of normal function. I was not treated with female hormone.
I will first consider one buyer, or else I will consider selling to a group. You can requests to your favorite location. If you have any questions, please contact me by email or DM,” he wrote on twitter.
In total, about 70 people attended the event at the Tokyo Suginami. While five people ate the genitals of Mao Sugiyama, the others ate meat or crocodile.