CULTURE & ARTS
02/01/2016 04:12 pm ET Updated Feb 10, 2016

'Vagina Kayak' Artist Faces Absurd Obscenity Fine In Japan

"I cannot agree with my arrest."

Her harshest critics continue their attempt to sink the "vagina kayak" artist.

In an ongoing Japanese obscenity case, Megumi Igarashi heard Monday in Tokyo District Court that prosecutors want her to pay an 800,000-yen (about $6,600) fine for transmitting images of her genitals that could be reproduced into 3D objects, artnet.com reported.

Igarashi used the digital campaign to create sculptures, cell phone cases and other souvenirs. Perhaps her most noteworthy project was a kayak:

According to Japan Today, she was arrested in July and December of 2014 for sending the 3D scans to paying recipients. The artist, who also calls herself Rokudenashiko ("good-for-nothing kid"), said in court the artwork was not "salacious," Japan Today reported.

“Having created works that defy the (existing) image associated with genitalia, I cannot agree with my arrest,” she said, per the Japan Times.

Prosecutors countered that recipients could use the images for obscene purposes.

Igarashi, pictured below with one of her pop art pieces, previously told The Huffington Post that she had been self-conscious about her vagina and actually underwent rejuvenation surgery.

Through her art, she says, she hopes to make "pussy more casual and pop."

The court's decision whether she violated obscenity laws is expected May 9. An earlier HuffPost report noted that the maximum sentence for distributing obscene objects is two years in prison and/or a fine of up to 2.5 million yen.

Megumi Igarashi, pictured in a press conference Monday after her hearing, said she "created works that defy the (existing) im
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Megumi Igarashi, pictured in a press conference Monday after her hearing, said she "created works that defy the (existing) image associated with genitalia."

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