The next time Justin Bieber decides to take in the sights in a foreign country, we suggest he hire a tour guide. Unfortunately, when the Biebs stopped at what he thought was just a beautiful landmark in Tokyo this week, he ended up accidentally offending many of his Chinese fans.
As it turns out, what Justin thought was just another shrine actually represents a dark part of Japanese and Chinese history. After Instagramming a photo in front of the shrine, captioning it, “Thank you for your blessings,” the backlash he received prompted him to quickly delete the picture.
According to MTV, the Yasakuni shrine actually memorializes Japanese military leaders who were responsible for many war atrocities in China and the rest of Asia. 14 class-A war criminals are buried though, and Justin snapping the picture was, in a way, like an insult to China.
But don’t worry, disappointed Beliebers: Justin was quick to apologize for his well-meaning mistake.
“While in Japan I asked my driver to pull over for which I saw a beautiful shrine,” Justin said on Instagram. “I was mislead to think the shrines were only a place of prayer. To anyone I have offended I am extremely sorry. I love you China and I love you Japan.”
It’s okay, Justin. Just don’t let it happen again! Now that we know we can’t deport you, we need you to step up your game a little bit.