France and Japan have had a longtime love affair. The Japanese admire French culture, especially Impressionist Painting, and are also big buyers of French luxury products. Likewise, the French love Japanese Zen design, cuisine and above all manga. Outside of Japan, Paris is the world’s capital for manga.
When French tourists come to Japan, they are amazed by a country seemingly like their own, as the Japanese have managed to maintain their traditions in the face of the forces of globalization and Americanization. They are also delighted by the great courtesy of the Japanese people.
Unfortunately, the reverse is not the case. Many Japanese tourists are shocked and disappointed by their visit to Paris – to such a point that they suffer from the “Paris Syndrome”.