William briefly muddles Japan and China at opening of Japanese cultural centre

Brunilde Fioravanti
Settembre 14, 2018

Realising his mistake, he quickly corrected himself saying "sorry I mean Japanese food". All was going swimmingly - he shook the right hands, held the right teapots (we think), and even enjoyed some authentic sake - until he sat down to enjoy a Japanese meal with local school children and asked them if they'd had "much Chinese food".

Prince William joined Japan's Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso and UK Ambassador to Japan Koji Tsuruoka as they toured the new centre, which aims to create a greater understanding of the country amongst a UK audience, and to deepen cultural, social and economic bonds between the two nations.

In 1986 Prince Phillip told British students in China: "If you stay here much longer, you'll all be slitty-eyed".

During the visit, the Duke also met Japanese chef Akira Shimizu, who presented him with his signature bento box.

"My wife and I love sushi", William said. "We might have to come down here for lunch when no-one else is in".

William also saw a demonstration of the ancient craft of copper-beating, where objects like kettles are fashioned out of a single sheet of the metal.

Western Japan was hit last week by the strongest typhoon to strike the country in 25 years, and then just days later by an natural disaster that paralyzed the northernmost main island of Hokkaido and left more than 40 dead.

The duke said he hopes Japan can use its "expertise and experience" to influence its Asian neighbours to tackle the "abhorrent global crime".

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