Every piece of content on the internet can be divisive these days, even the innocuous stuff. This truism was on full display over the past week and a half thanks to a now-removed YouTube video set in a Tokyo sushi restaurant, which charmed many Western viewers and angered a few Japanese.

On March 6, Tokyo-based American YouTuber Tkyosam posted a video to his channel showing him placing a GoPro on a conveyor belt at sushi restaurant chain Sushiro. The device moved around the revolving belt, recording other customers as they eat. Some don’t see the camera, others point it out, while several happily wave at it. When it reaches the back, an employee plucks it off the belt, and consults what appears to be a manager about what to do. After a minute and a half of being pointed at a wall, the camera is returned to its owner.

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