A rare scene was witnessed when President Uhuru Kenyatta was holding talks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe at State House, Nairobi.
While Kenyatta and Prime Minister Abe sat down as they engaged in the talks, a Japanese interpreter was kneeling next to the two leaders.
This left many wondering why he was not offered a sit as he remained in the awkward position until they concluded.
It’s not clear why he knelt down but it could be argued that it was the most convenient position for him to hear the two clearly.
On the other hand, the act could only be close to a gesture in the Japanese Culture termed asDogeza or Kowtow, which is kneeling directly on the ground. It’s used to show respect to the most high-class person in the room, show a deep apology or when one is desiring a favour.
The Japanese PM is in the country to attend the Sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD).