Nyotaimori sushi is one of the more unique methods of eating sushi. No, this is not a type of sushi and it is not something you can order if you walk into your local sushi establishment. Nyotaimori sushi is not a type of sushi. It is a way of serving sushi. Nyotaimori or body sushi is a traditional Japanese practice of serving sushi on naked bodies. What is Body Sushi?
Body Sushi is the most exclusive form of serving sushi one can imagine. It is a contemporary form of the two traditional ways of serving sushi or sashimi: Nyotaimori ( 女体盛り), literally translated as “presentation of the female body” or “served on a woman” and Nantaimori (男体盛り), which refers to presentation on the male body. Whether the model is a man or a woman, it is the human body that is treated as the most sophisticated crockery one may afford.
The most characteristic element of Body Sushi ceremony is the aspect of serving the human body. All cultures have such an intimate sphere related to nakedness and undisturbed privacy of the human body. Depending on the region, culture and religion, it is a taboo subject to a smaller or larger extent. Body Sushi blurs the borders between natural shyness of the naked body, cultural influences and intimacy which we usually enjoy in our own bedroom. Some people refer to Body Sushi Ceremony as playing with food, similar to such fun as placing whipped cream on one’s lover. Both games are based on the same principle; however, in case of Body Sushi much more attention is paid to the very dish.