Markets in everything, alas no more

by on June 14, 2006 at 1:28 pm in Food and Drink | Permalink

The Chinese government has banned restaurants from serving food on the bodies of naked women.  The practice was condemned as a violation of common decency by the commerce department.  …The practice of eating sushi off naked or nearly-naked women has long been popular with a certain clientele in Japan.

Here is the full story, and thanks to Yan Li for the pointer.  And if you wish to read about a truly unusual Chinese market, try this one.

Dave June 14, 2006 at 1:36 pm

I’ve seen this done in New York.

And, natch, there were people complaining about how the woman off of whom the sushi was eaten was being exploited.

Andrew June 14, 2006 at 3:55 pm

I lived in Japan for 10 years, and they only time I saw (女体盛り nyotaimori ) naked woman-sushi was in Shinjuku ichome near all of the bordellos. I think the practice is extremely rare and has been exaggerated quite a bit by the media because it makes for interesting conversation. In fact, when there was news about a restaurant doing it in Seattle, it was news because it was so odd that such a rare practice had been exported. But it certainly is about exploiting women for money. But what’s wrong with that if they are doing it willingly?

Martin Kelly June 14, 2006 at 4:30 pm

Fish and chips would never look the same again.

Patrick June 14, 2006 at 6:54 pm

Is this the same Chinese government that banned pirate DVDs and has made corruption a shooting offense?

I predict a steady increase in such restaurants.

Not that my wife would ever let me go to one…

Jake June 15, 2006 at 9:36 am

“Authorities … criticised it at the time of the fine as both unhygienic and an infringement of women’s rights.”

Good thing they snubbed it out. Now those girls can go back to being regular hookers again.

Ken Dryden December 13, 2006 at 6:50 am

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