If you’re anything like us, you probably picture this scene when you hear the term “body sushi” being thrown around:
Yep, that’s the infamous Samantha Jones lying naked on a table, covered head-to-toe in sushi, waiting impatiently for her super-late boyfriend to walk in the door for the most interesting Valentines Day date of his life. (We, for the life of us, can never get this Sex and the City scene out of our minds, but that’s neither here nor there.)
Jones’ BF unfortunately never got to participate in “body sushi,” known in Japan as Nyotaimori (“female body presentation”) and Nantaimori (“male body presentation”). So, how did this apparent “ancient practice” come to be? It turns out, the history is
a bit very murky. It’s said Nyotaimori first came about during Japan’s samurai period, but has since fallen to the wayside in current Japanese food culture.
Many Westerners falsely believe that Nyotaimori is a traditional, sensual, ancient art and assume they’d be able to pop into a Japanese establishment to find Nyotaimori. In actuality, body sushi is rarely practiced in Japan and can only be found in random seedy clubs–but even this is unlikely.
Regardless of its history, body sushi has become a thing in the West. Popularized by movies and TV shows, here’s how it’s being preformed today:
- The soon-to-be live sushi platters strip naked.
- Next, they lay flat on a table and leaves are strategically placed on their bodies.
- Sushi is then put on top of the leaves since it’s, you know, the sanitary thing to do.
- The models lay still as random people grab sushi off their bodies.
And there you go.
Now that you know all you need to know about body sushi, let’s take a look at it in action: