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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Suginami Ward takes offense at artist serving his own cooked genitalia

Staff writer

Suginami Ward, Tokyo, has filed a criminal complaint against a man describing himself as an artist who had his penis and testicles cut off, then displayed them in a crowded bar in the Tokyo district last month before they were cooked and served to five people.

The charges sought Monday include indecent exposure for displaying his genitalia, which were removed by a doctor, to 72 people in the bar before the body parts were served, ward spokesman Koji Tsuzuki said. The police accepted the criminal complaint and plan to investigate.

The ward first considered pressing charges alleging a violation of the Food Sanitation Law because the man allegedly was not authorized to cook food for the public. But the ward "received lots of complaints from residents for the indecency of the event, and thus we decided to pursue indecent exposure," Tsuzuki said.

There were 66 guests at the May 13 event and six employees at the bar, he said.

A blog written by one of the people present quoted the man, nicknamed "HC," as telling those at the bar, Asagaya Loft, that he had his genitalia cut off because "I am a painter and sexuality is unnecessary for the act of painting."

Five people, including the blogger, ate the cooked genitalia, the blog says.

"Many ward residents expressed disgust. If we do not take any action, it will undermine the image of Suginami Ward and the public will lose its trust in the ward," Suginami Mayor Ryo Tanaka said in a statement.

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