“Foreigners are not expected to bow, as they lack the requisite knowledge of the elaborate etiquette governing this for at least 1000 years.
This BHO bow, because of its degree of declination and the shamefully rounded back, is in Japanese eyes the bow of a crippled toilet attendant to his supreme master.”
Posted by: Takuan Seiyo at November 14, 2009 12:19 PM
MEANWHILE… Thomas Lifson of American Thinker has lived in Japan. He points out the Messiah’s faux pas (and no, that’s not the name of Michelle Obama’s belt. That would be another French word: Michelin)
The one thing that virtually everyone who teaches bowing etiquette stresses is under no circumstance try to combine a bow with a handshake.
The Emperor appears to smile, which is something polite Japanese are taught to do when embarrassed. Unlike just about everyone who comes into the Emperor’s presence, Obama obviously received no instruction on Imperial etiquette.
(h/t to The Great Larwyn)