Tuesday, October 24, 2006

How do you say tour de france in japanese?

I sometimes tell people that New Yorkers, despite their reputation, are friendly people. They can get rude and can certainly be difficult, but only if provoked (i.e. pushed at, looked at the wrong way, or if a parking space has been stolen). The French, on the other hand, tend to be rude just for the sake of being rude.

Apparently the Japanese are traumatized by French character so much that there's a name for it.

Around a dozen Japanese tourists a year need psychological
treatment after visiting Paris as the reality of unfriendly locals and scruffy
streets clashes with their expectations, a newspaper reported on Sunday...

"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."