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Jun 07 2011

Some Japanese are Struck with “Paris Syndrome”

Published by at 1:00 pm under Oddly Enough

A strange illness has been known to affect certain Japanese who visit Paris. It’s not an actual disease, but rather a psychological break, and a very strange one at that.

A dozen or so Japanese tourists a year have to be repatriated from the French capital, after falling prey to what’s become known as “Paris syndrome”.

That is what some polite Japanese tourists suffer when they discover that Parisians can be rude or the city does not meet their expectations.

The experience can apparently be too stressful for some and they suffer a psychiatric breakdown.

Yes, while us westerners might just say “Oh, the French are a-holes,” the Japanese don’t know how to deal with rudeness, as it doesn’t really exist in their culture, and they have a breakdown when they realize that Paris isn’t the Utopia it’s been claimed to be.


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3 responses so far

  • Nino

    Typical gratuitous French-bashing from people unfamiliar with the Paris Syndrome.

    All those Japanese people generally take the same 5-day trip across Europe, during which they barely sleep and spend a very little time in each capital, like London, Rome, Madrid. The trip generally begins and ends by Paris where they take a flight back to Japan. When they come back to Paris on the last day, some of them breakdown, usually AT THE AIRPORT.

    They spend very little actual time in Paris. And if you think Parisians are rude, try Venice or Rome.

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  • James Ellis

    I have NEVER met a polite japanese tourist. They don’t exist.



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