A Tokyo sake bar owner took to Facebook to denounce two customers as “the shame of Hong Kong” for leaving trash behind and disrespecting Japanese culture.
The two introduced themselves as Kenshin Himura Cheung and Jonathan Sin when they arrived at the store at 9:30 p.m. last Tuesday, according to the post.
The duo took several photos and ordered only one drink each until they left at two o’clock the next morning.
The bar specializes in liquor-tasting.
The owner said the pair left a bag of rubbish for the shop to take care of.
The post drew 380 angry reactions within two hours, with many netizens leaving comments apologising on behalf of the Hong Kong duo.
Some said they hope the owner will not ban other Hong Kong tourists because of the incident.
Netizens identified one of the customers as Kenshin, a famous food blogger who has been uploading photos of Tokyo recently, hinting that he might have been in the area.
Some Facebook users left a note on Kenshin’s blog hoping he would offer his version of the story.
Kenshin and Sin finally broke their silence with separate posts on Facebook.
Kenshin said he booked a table at the sake bar for last Tuesday after they had eaten udon noodles elsewhere, Headline Daily reports.
The pair said they did order one drink each and also chatted with the owner and asked for permission to take photos.
They also had some pickles and miso tofu and stayed till 11 p.m., spending a total of HK$620 (US$79.94).
They apologised to the owner after the incident for having been impolite and for leaving trash behind.
Also, they vowed to better understand the store’s culture.
On Saturday, the bar owner said in a Facebook message that he accepted Kenshin’s apology and deleted his own Facebook post.
He said he was surprised that many Hongkongers apologized on the pair’s behalf, adding such apologies were not necessary.
Kenshin has been a famous blogger since 2006. His website has more than 87 million views, making it the number one blog in Hong Kong.
He has more than 200,000 fans and his blog has been described as the “best Japanese TV and entertainment page”.
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