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Today, however, a Chinese news source ran a story that there are establishments in Tokyo, Osaka, and Kyoto that still offer nyotaimori; the article, though, is short on facts and long on pictures of a Western nyotaimori event. China outlawed the practice in Advertisement There apparently was one nyotaimori establishment in Shinjuku's red light district during the late s, which mixed raw fish and sexual services—a recipe for seriously ill customers.
It soon closed before health officials could shutter the establishment. Food laws in Japan—especially laws regarding raw food—are strict. In more and more sushi restaurants in Japan, sushi chefs are starting to wear plastic gloves when handling raw fish. And serving raw food on someone's body isn't sanitary: the body warms up the raw fish and salmonella can be a problem.
This is why some nyotaimori events in the West have forced the human tables to chill their bodies so the fish doesn't spoil—something that not only sounds unappetizing, but also inhuman.
That's why it's not only that the hygiene issues that also make nyotaimori unappetizing, but also the whole let's-turn-a-human-into-tableware aspect. Yet, the practice continues to fascinate outside of Japan and still pops up in Western depictions of Japan—such as the Spanish film Map of the Sounds of Tokyo. Nyotaimori is far more of a thing outside Japan than in it. Advertisement In the West, nyotaimori is promoted as "traditional Japanese culture".