Nearly a dozen Japanese a year are traumatized after visiting France and finding out it isn't the cultured place they were expecting. After touring around and finding it is filled with immigrant slums wholly subsidized by the government and not the pristine image they envisioned prior to going to places like Paris and Lyons, they develop a psychoses that has been dubbed by as "Paris Syndrome".
"Fragile travellers can lose their bearings. When the idea they have of the country meets the reality of what they discover it can provoke a crisis," psychologist Herve Benhamou told the paper.
Bernard Delage of Jeunes Japon, an association that helps Japanese families settle in France, said:
"In Japanese shops, the customer is king, whereas here assistants hardly look at them ... People using public transport all look stern, and handbag snatchers increase the ill feeling."
A Japanese woman, Aimi, told the paper:
"For us, Paris is a dream city. All the French are beautiful and elegant ... And then, when they arrive, the Japanese find the French character is the complete opposite of their own."
A dozen a year!