I said, "Do you speak my language?"

Apparently not. Not if you're Japanese and in Paris, anyway.

While Americans in Paris dance about and have romances, the Japanese get stressed out and faint.

According to the BBC,

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".

If you are wondering what this is, then

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

Parisians? Rude? Never!

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

But, there's help:

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.

Essentialising cultures and all that...I really want to teach cross-cultural communication some time. Maybe the Japanese Embassy in France would like to hire me?


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