Jun 07 2011
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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