An Israeli cook prepared dinner for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe on May 2, but his dessert left a bad taste in the mouths of diplomats.
Celebrity chef Moshe Segev served chocolate pralines in a men's shoe. a brogue – and was so proud of his creation that he shared numerous pictures of dessert on Instagram last week.
The court video received little attention, but a picture of himself with the guests and a close-up of the dessert attracted dozens of negative comments that turned into a diplomatic migraine.
Japanese etiquette is strict when it comes to shoes, as the [LonelyPlanetwebsite informs travelers. Shoes are banned in most private homes as well as in some museums and restaurants.
"Never wear shoes on tatami mats," warns the tour guide, referring to Japan's traditional flooring and bed mats – advice the cook could disregard serving the dessert brogue on a tatami-style mat.
"This was a stupid and callous decision," said an unnamed senior Israeli diplomat in Japan of the news agency Yediot Aharonot, after the Jerusalem Post.
"In Japanese culture, nothing is more despised than shoes: they not only step into their homes with shoes, they also do not find shoes in their offices, and even the prime minister, ministers and members of parliament do not wear shoes to work. .. It is synonymous with serving a Jewish guest chocolate in a pig-shaped dish. "