Saturday, October 20, 2007

Japan breaks down at France!

Paris syndrome is a condition exclusive to Japanese tourists and nationals, which causes them to have a mental breakdown while in the famous city. Of the millions of Japanese tourists that visit the city every year, around a dozen suffer this illness and have to be returned to their home country.

The condition is basically a severe form of ‘culture shock’. Polite Japanese tourists who come to the city are unable to separate their idyllic view of the city, seen in such films as Amelie, with the reality of a modern, bustling metropolis.

Japanese tourists who come into contact with, say, a rude French waiter, will be unable to argue back and be forced to bottle up their own anger which eventually leads to a full mental breakdown.

The Japanese embassy has a 24hr hotline for tourists suffering for severe culture shock, and can provide emergency hospital treatment if necessary.


How do they manage the culture shock in India? Ah, maybe that explains why we don't see so many Japanese on a vacation in India.

They seem to be pretty happy and content over here in the UK though. And seem to have a great time in their own world trying to capture their favourite photo with their bulky cameras and highly advanced mobiles. If you haven't seen Japanese taking photos, you don't know what I mean. (More on this later!)

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