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Suffering Paris Syndrome

The fine folks over at listverse.com have compiled another illuminating list of useless information: Top 10 Bizarre Mental Disorders.

Ignoring altogether how disappointed I was that my own personal demon, horseraddishaphobia, didn’t make the cut, I was curios to learn about an exotic and exciting new affliction: Paris Syndrome.


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.

I have personally suffered Paris Syndrome, but in reverse. Unlike the poor Japanese tourist, my romanticized view of the city was reinforced when I actually visited the place. Now, back home in Vancouver, Canada I’m in the throws severe culture withdrawal shock. This heartsick feeling I have is both longing for another sip from the great Parisian fountain of artistic inspiration, and despair at watching Canadian culture circle the drain along with the US.

Let it be stated for the record that Cheapswill is committed to wresting western culture from its moronic trappings for the good of all mankind.

Paris, France, not Paris Hilton!