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Israel serving desert in shoe offends Japan’s Abe

Sayeed Muhammad: In a bizarre incident, a dinner attended by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and their wives last week was halted by an offensive cultural faux pas: Dessert was served in a shoe.Like many countries, Japan finds it highly offensive when food is served in a shoe as seems like an odd choice for any culture.”This was a stupid and insensitive decision,” a senior Israeli diplomat who served in Japan told the Hebrew-language newspaper Yedioth Aharonot, reports The Jerusalem Post.”There is nothing more despised in Japanese culture than shoes,” the diplomat said, adding, “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 a Jewish guest chocolates in a dish shaped like a pig.”However it could not be known as to what message the Israeli celebrity chef Segev Moshe, who prepared the dinner, sent by serving the chocolates in a shoe, which caused an uproar.”No culture puts shoes on the table,” a Japanese diplomat told Yedioth Aharonot. “What precisely was this illustrious chef Segev thinking? If this is meant to be humor, we do not find it funny. I can tell you that we are offended for our prime minister.”

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