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And I thought it was garlic breath and soap dodging.......

'Paris Syndrome' strikes Japanese
By Caroline Wyatt
BBC News, Paris 20/12/06



The reality of Paris does not always live up to the dream
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.

Around a million Japanese travel to France every year.

Shocking reality

Many of the visitors come with a deeply romantic vision of Paris - the cobbled streets, as seen in the film Amelie, the beauty of French women or the high culture and art at the Louvre.

The reality can come as a shock.

An encounter with a rude taxi driver, or a Parisian waiter who shouts at customers who cannot speak fluent French, might be laughed off by those from other Western cultures.

But for the Japanese - used to a more polite and helpful society in which voices are rarely raised in anger - the experience of their dream city turning into a nightmare can simply be too much.

This year alone, the Japanese embassy in Paris has had to repatriate four people with a doctor or nurse on board the plane to help them get over the shock.


An encounter with a rude Parisian can be a shocking experience
They were suffering from "Paris syndrome".

It was a Japanese psychiatrist working in France, Professor Hiroaki Ota, who first identified the syndrome some 20 years ago.

On average, up to 12 Japanese tourists a year fall victim to it, mainly women in their 30s with high expectations of what may be their first trip abroad.

The Japanese embassy has a 24-hour hotline for those suffering from severe culture shock, and can help find hospital treatment for anyone in need.

However, the only permanent cure is to go back to Japan - never to return to Paris.
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In your case it's dick breath and sore bung hole.
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Hey, don't strain yourself bonehead. Must have taken ages for you to come up with that witty repartee.
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DR, thanks for that. My youngest visited Paris this past summer and really enjoyed it. Her biggest surprise was the Parisian's apparent obliviousness to dog poopie. In most cities in the USA not cleaning-up after Fideaux can result in a substantial fine and the long-term enmity of neighbors.

Parisian tolerance of dogshit is some sort of cosmic symmetry exploitation of which could give a British political wag a leg-up.

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DR, thanks for that. My youngest visited Paris this past summer and really enjoyed it. Her biggest surprise was the Parisian's apparent obliviousness to dog poopie. In most cities in the USA not cleaning-up after Fideaux can result in a substantial fine and the long-term enmity of neighbors.

Parisian tolerance of dogshit is some sort of cosmic symmetry exploitation of which could give a British political wag a leg-up.

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Yes, I think the frogs treat the dog shit as air freshener. Here, dog fouling generally carries a £1000 fine but it's difficult to enforce and even if convicted, how many dogs can stump-up a grand?
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Liberal Democrat MP Lembit Opik should !
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I don't know where those Japanese go, but I had rather pleasant memories from Paris. Obviously my wife is much prettier, than average Parisian women
I had one waiter going to the extreme of bringing about 10 different fixings on big platter, so we could stick our finger in it with the lack of verbal communication. That was in Arabic neighberhood...and before Iraq War.
Sure lot of salesmen claimed to not known English, but each time I open my wallet showing some green stuff they often remind them-self about some English classes. I know about 100 words in French and that helps too.
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You Sir are just jealous! ;-)
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Thought the post would be about skanky blond hedonistic spoiled little rich bitches
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