The entomophagist, who organizes insect-eating events, had "platonic" love for this cockroach, Lisa, that was farm-raised and bought from Africa.
Cockroaches are an acquired taste when it comes to eating them but dating a roach requires you to have a peculiar taste for sure. One Japanese man has been promoting the consumption of insects (entomophagy), but it appears that his adoration for these beings goes beyond just his appetite, as reported by The Straits Times.
Yuta Shinohara, a man in his twenties, has always been fascinated by nature and has eaten insects since he was a child. In Japan, he organizes insect-eating events featuring dishes such as a bug cocktail, insect pastries, and ramen with crickets and mealworms.
In a video interview with Asian Boss on January 23, 2019, the entomologist revealed that he only started talking about his interest when he was 19 years old. He explained that after the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) promoted eating insects for food security, he felt more at ease "coming out" about his obsession. Shinohara also revealed that he once "dated" a cockroach named Lisa—who was raised on a farm and imported from Africa—for a year.
He clarified that their love was "platonic" and that they had no sexual relations. He stated that he thought they could communicate because he enjoyed her company so much. Because she died, the relationship was cut short. He ate her "with reverence" after she died.
"So now Lisa lives in my heart and continues living as part of my body," he said. He also called her his "first love". He added "no girl was as attractive as Lisa." He also stated that he had considered having sex with her. Shinohara "imagined a world where cockroaches are supersized, or I became smaller" to get around the fact that the size difference would make sex with the bug impossible.
He clarified that insects are not his only source of protein and dispelled myths about their taste. He explained that the taste of an insect is determined by its diet, and he suggested caterpillars that eat cherry blossoms because they taste like rice cake. To make a living, Shinohara makes his own insect dishes, mixing and mashing the creepy crawlies before selling them at a shop in an effort to spread the appeal of entomophagy.
He stated that the beetle larva is the worst bug he's ever eaten and that his favorite way to eat insects is to grill them with soy sauce. Shinohara's hobbies include sleeping in his favorite tree and covering himself in leaves, in addition to eating the little creatures, reports UNILAD. These winged insects can sure make for yummy dishes but we are not sure anyone else would want to try dating roaches.