Valentine’s Day is approaching, love is in the air, and people are scrambling to find that special someone. Yuta Shinohara, from Japan, however, already had a girlfriend. She was more unique than any other valentine; she was a cockroach.
Love comes in all different shapes, sizes, and, now, species. According to the 25-year-old, his bug girlfriend was more attractive than any other human girl in the world.
Since childhood, Shinohara has been an entomophagist, someone who eats bugs. He is very well-known in Japan and travels across the country to raise awareness about insect cuisine.
Lately, this new discovery has received more attention due to its sustainability as a food source. Insect eating is traditionally part of the cuisines of several cultures and countries. China, Japan, Ghana, the Netherlands, and other countries have recently taken up bug eating.
He bought the farm raised cockroach from Africa to eat, but discovered that he had a special bond with her. Shinohara even claimed that they could communicate and rightfully named her Lisa.
With an immense love for nature, his bond with Lisa was able to grow even stronger. So strong, Shinohara even fantasized about having sex with her. “Lisa was my first love. I know it’s impossible, but I imagined a world where cockroaches are supersized, or I become smaller.”
Unfortunately, Lisa was doomed to live for only a year because of a cockroach’s short life span. As a result, Shinohara ate her reverently so that his love-bug would live on inside of him forever.
In the midst of this romantic time, don’t fret if you can’t find that special someone. According to National Geographic Society, there are more than 1.4 billion insects for each human on the planet. So, if you’re having trouble and need better odds, you can always look to the insect population!