World Israel offended Japan's prime minister by serving him dessert out of a shoe, which Japanese people 'despise'

00:26  08 may  2018
00:26  08 may  2018 Source:   businessinsider.com

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Israel offended Japan ' s prime minister by serving him dessert out of a shoe , which Japanese people ' despise '. Shoes are " despised " in Japanese culture, and it's a weird idea in any case to serve food out of a shoe .

" Israel offended Japan ' s prime minister by serving him dessert out of a shoe , which Japanese people ' despise '" by Alex Lockie: " Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife had their dinner with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife interrupted by an offensive

Shinzo Abe© Business Insider Shinzo Abe Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife had their dinner with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife interrupted by an offensive cultural faux pas — dessert was served in a shoe.

While serving food out of a shoe seems like an odd choice for any culture, it has a special and offensive connotation in Japan.

"This was a stupid and insensitive decision," a senior Israeli diplomat who served in Japan told Hebrew-language Yediot Aharonot, according to JPost.

"There is nothing more despised in Japanese culture than shoes. Not only do they not enter their houses while wearing shoes, you will not find shoes in their offices either. Even the prime minister, ministers and members of parliament do not wear shoes to work... It is equivalent to serving Jewish guest chocolate in a dish shaped like a pig," the diplomat said.

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, May 2, 2018. (photo credit: GPO PHOTO DEPARTMENT). “There is nothing more despised in Japanese culture than shoes . I can tell you that we are offended for our prime minister ,” the diplomat said.

SEE ALSO: Israel offended Japan ' s prime minister by serving him dessert in a shoe , something ' despised ' by Japanese people .


It's unclear what message Israeli celebrity chef Sergev Moshe was trying to send by serving the chocolates out of a shoe, but it caused an uproar.

"No culture puts shoes on the table," a Japanese diplomat told the Hebrew website. "What precisely was this illustrious chef Segev thinking? If this is meant to be humour, we do not find it funny. I can tell you that we are offended for our prime minister," said the diplomat.

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