China bans meals served on naked women
China's State Administration of Industry and
Commerce issued a notice this weekend banning meals served on naked bodies,
officially canceling the service offered by a restaurant in southwestern China
that served sushi on unclothed female university students, a Beijing newspaper
In April 2004, Chinese media reported that the Hefeng Village Huaishi Cuisine Restaurant in Kunming, capital of Yunnan Province, was serving sushi and other Japanese food on two naked university students as they lay on their backs.
Customers would pay 1,000 yuan (about $120) each for the meal after making reservations up to three days in advance, media said.
Flowers, shells and rocks also adorned the women's bodies, according to a photo in the Beijing paper.
The women lay calmly as people ate, a restaurant manager told Kunming media,
which said this style of dining existed in "ancient Japan."
After the reports came out in April 2004, raising questions among more conservative Kunming residents, a restaurant staff member said the service had been cancelled.
The State Administration of Industry and Commerce notice bars nudity for
other dining and entertainment purposes, including "meals on breasts" served in
Changsha, Hunan province, and naked models used in an art exhibit at Wuyi
Mountain in southern China.