Image by Kerry Smith

Nyotaimori is the Japanese practice of serving sushi on a nude or nearly-nude woman’s body. Nantaimori is the masculine equivalent.Body sushi, as it’s often called, has attracted significant media attention in recent years and has become a increasingly popular expression of sitophilia (food fetishism) in North America. Despite it’s new prominence, nyotaimori is rarely practiced in Japan itself.


  1. Shannon says:

    I’ll take a couple dynamite rolls. Are they down south?

  2. Mark W says:

    There’s a reason this is rarely done in Japan: it is a marketing gimmick that compromises the quality of the sushi while objectifying the naked form. Both sushi and humans are deserving of more respect.
    Did the upcoming “Sushi Girl” movie trigger your post? :-)

  3. alexis says:

    When I worked at Ricepaper magazine in Vancouver, some of the other editors attended an event that was a combination of a birthday party for a one year old, and the opening of a hair salon. Strangely, there was also a naked woman covered in sushi present at the event.

    I really wish I’d been there.