Alex Soojung-Kim Pang, Ph.D.

I study people, technology, and the worlds they make

Naked sushi

The Seattle Times reports that a Japanese fad of serving sushi on naked women has reached America’s shores:

Chopsticks at the ready, patrons line up.  Hours earlier, across town on the campus of the University of Washington, eight activists, mostly Asian-American women, express outrage at what they call the prostitution of sushi and the exploitation of women.

As an admirer of really good sushi, I like the notion of protesting both "the prostitution of sushi and the exploitation of women."

[via Boing Boing]

Update: Want to know what’s going on with naked sushi now? Here’s the latest from Google News.


  1. I have found that most people who take offense this practice are applying American culture to a Japanese tradition. Sushi making is an artform. Sushi is made to delight the eye as well as the palate. An artfull presentation is the goal, and if the sushi is served off the body of a nude woman, she is part of a work of art. Just because American culture automatically reduces a nude woman to nothing more than a sexual object doesnt meen that Japanese culture does the same thing.

  2. The emptieness and boredome of present day culture is once more appearant in naked sushi. Not knowing what life is about, people think they are going to be somehow better off by having yet another extreme, bizarre stimulus or sensory experience that they call art.

  3. As a business that offers Nyataimori, which is often refered to as naked sushi, I can say that my companies presentation is all about the art. It is more of a dinner theatre than anything else. Yes, the woman or man is naked and the combination of finest foods and a beautiful person creates the perfect culinary masterpiece. I do not limit my dishes to just sushi, I actually perfer Italian. Unlike other businesses, all of my dinners are private and highly discreet. They are held in the private dining areas of various fine dining restaurnats or at privately catered events. I do not try to force this practice on people or “cause a stir”. Personally, I feel public display in a public restaurant is irresponible because children could see it and be confused. However, if a group of adults want to participate in a modern version of a 3,000 year old tradition, then why not.

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