Kurobuta London's controversial sign at Mayfair restaurant pits East against West

Edith Hancock
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The sign has caused quite a stir with some of London’s Japanese ex-pat community
Kurobuta, the sleek and exclusive oriental eatery just off Mayfair, has made an enemy of a section of London’s Japanese community after locals discovered a sign in the restaurant’s window advertises something other than sashimi.
Readers of Japanese language local newspaper Japan Journals wrote in horror after discovering that the sign for the restaurant, founded and led by Aussie chef Scott Hallsworth, does not invite Londoners in for a ceremonial tea service in Japanese, but instead boasts that there are “prostitutes” and “b*tches” available for hire.
Of course, the sign does not seriously advertise ladies of the night. Hallsworth told The Capitalist: “In no way at all is this sign meant to cause offence, but to be viewed simply, as art!” But this hasn’t stopped some of London’s Japanese community from getting wound up.
Japan Journals MD Mr Tejima wrote to The Capitalist in a plea for sanity. He said that the “distasteful” sign was “an open insult to the Japanese nation”. Oooooooh!


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