Yediot Aharonot, a popular Israeli newspaper, on Monday reported that "Japanese diplomats, Israeli Foreign Ministry officials and high-ranking Israeli diplomats who previously served in Japan were shocked by the idea". "I don't think you know or even understand the meaning of shoes in Japanese culture", an Instagram user commented on Segev's picture of the dessert.
There are many theories circulating about what possible meaning the shoes could have been meant to convey, however even if one assumes the gesture was one made out of complete ignorance, the diplomatic slight remains.
Hosting Japan's premier, the Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara Netanyahu were left with their foot in their mouths after they chose to have celebrity Israeli chef Segev Moshe prepare the menu for the evening.
An Israeli celebrity chef is accused of stepping out of line after serving Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe dessert out of a metal shoe during a formal dinner with Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu last week.
"This was an insensitive decision", a senior Israeli official, who was not named, told the paper. "There's nothing decrease than a shoe in Japanese tradition". Not only do they not enter their houses while wearing shoes, you will not find shoes in their offices, either. "This is disrespect of the first order", the paper said. According to the Post report, the initial statement of the ministry said: "We respect and appreciate the chef".
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The dessert drew criticism from Israeli media and citizens as being disrespectful to the leader of Japan, where there is a custom of taking off shoes at the door. "It is equivalent to serving a Jewish guest chocolates in a dish shaped like a pig".
A Japanese diplomat was also quoted conveying his contempt for the choices made at the dinner, "There's no culture in the world in which you put shoes on the table. If it was humor, we don't think it is amusing; we were offended on behalf of our prime minister", said the diplomat.
While the Israeli ministry rushed to clarify saying- "We have the utmost respect for the Japanese prime minister", PM Netanyahu was quoted as saying- "I want to tell you something, Japan's prime minister visited here".
However, Segev Moshe's followers believed the chef should have done his homework before preparing for the meal.