Model of the Zongzi Nyataimori show
Nyataimori, body sushi is a service of eating sushi off a still and naked woman’s body found in Japanese restaurant. The rough translation of the word nyataimori is "Adorned body of a woman."
The coming June 3rd is Dragon Boat Festival in China when people celebrated it with watching dragon boat race and eating Zongzi (made of glutinous rice stuffed with different fillings and wrapped in bamboo or reed leaves). Recently a restaurant in Changsha decided to mix the tradition with something Japanese and launched a Zongzi Nyataimori promotion.
On 26th May, in Hunan province a restaurant was doing a promotion show for the upcoming Dragon Boat Festival. Show girls were walking around, holding Zongzi on their hands, like most of the promotion show. Then suddenly, an almost naked woman lied on a long dine table and placed on her belly was a giant Zongzi. The chef went forward and cut the Zongzi on her body. Diners in the restaurant soon formed a big crowd, among them including two young children.
Cook is cutting the Zongzi on the model’s belly
This Zongzi Nyataimori is supposed to present the traditional Chinese food in a creative style to promote the upcoming festival, as explained by the spokesman of the restaurant.
However this practice has caused lot of criticism. Many commented this Zongzi Nyataimori is "disgusting", "tawdry" and some feminists were angry that this is an insult to woman’s body.
This has also put a lot of stress on Xiaorong, the model of this Nyatamori show. She later published a letter pleading for no more criticisms. She explained in the letter that she believed this Zongzi Nyatamori is to promote the traditional food in a creative way and is nothing vulgar.
Xiaorong, model of this Zongzi Nyataimori show writes to express her pressure from this show
My performance on May 26 in the restaurant had triggered great debates by many netizens. I am always busy working so I do not go online often. Yesterday I received my friend’s phone call and then found out these criticisms online. I felt great pressure by the public opinions online. Today morning I also received phone call from my parents asking about this incident, they also felt the great pressure because of it. As the person in the performance, I want to clarify to everyone that before the event the restaurant had reviewed and communicated with me, I accepted it because there is no exposing private body parts. To me, this is promoting the traditional culture in a creative way and is nothing vulgar. Therefore, kind hearted netizens please stop the cursing. When my mother called me, I cried, I cried till now, I beg everyone please stop the vicious attacks.