|The story below is originally published on Mainichi Daily News by Mainichi Shinbun (http://mdn.mainichi.jp).|
|They admitted inventing its kinky features, or rather deliberately mistranslating them from the original gossip magazine.|
|In fact, this is far from the general Japanese' behavior or sense of worth.|
Shukan Taishu 5/29
Buoyed by the surging value of the yen against other currencies, Japanese travelers stampeded overseas in record-breaking numbers during this year's "Golden Week."
Between April 28 and May 7, some 184,400 Japanese left the country for vacations abroad.
And, remarks Shukan Taishu cynically, once again they showed the world that the term "Ugly Japanese" is no exaggeration.
"I don't tell Japanese OLs (female office workers) not to go to the beachesat Phuket or Pattaya," grumbles a Japanese journalist who is based in Bangkok.
"But what I do tell them is to change planes right at the airport and go tothose places directly on their own.
Instead, they go into Bangkok and hunt down some good-looking Thai male, who will take them there and give them the royal treatment."
The source of these available males are host clubs in Bangkok, establishments that post photos of their employees and let the female clientele pick the one they like.
The OLs pay a per diem fee of 500 baht (about 1'750 yen) to the club.
Including transport, hotel fees and meals, it costs a customer about 10,500 yen a day to secure such services.
In exchange for "satisfying" service in bed, Shukan Taishu reports, these grateful Japanese women reward the gigolos with articles of expensive clothing or accessories.
Meanwhile at the same beach resorts, middle-aged Japanese men can be seen in large numbers enjoying the affections of young Thai women.
According to an employee of a Japanese trading firm based in Bangkok, a customer who showed up at a hostess bar on May 1 seeking female company found that virtually the entire stook of women had been bought out by four groups of Japanese males who preceded him, and that none of the employees were expected back until May 5.
Many of the Thai women, however, profess to dislike Japanese customers, not only because of their vulgar behavior, but because, increasingly, they refuse to use condoms.
But the eccentric behavior of Japanese travelers is not limiled to their sexual appetites.
Shukan Taishu reports they display an astonishing lack of common sense in other matters as well.
Two female college students attempting to leave Narita Airport on a flight to Guam were halted by immigration when they realized they had forgotten their passports.
"Well shucks," they exclaimed. "We didn't have to carry a passport when we flew down to Yoron Island (in Japan's Kagoshima Prefecture)!"
More light comedy:
- On a flight to Australia, just after takeoff the head of a contingent of Japanese agricultural experts was asked in English by the flight attendant if he preferred tea or coffee.His reaction was to reach into his pocket and offer her his passport.
When the other members of the group saw what he did, they all followed suit - while the embarrassed stewardess stood in the aisle with two pots of steaming liquid.
- When an elevator operator at a Paris hotel greeted his female Japanese guests, they burst into a torrent of giggles, saying, "Look, he's actually speaking in French!"
- In an attempt at humor that fell flat, a Japanese-speaking guide at the Museum of Antiquities in Cairo jokingly told a group of Japanese that the sarcophagus of one particular pharaoh had been discovered by Aiko Gibo, a Japanese clairvoyant.They reacted as if his pronouncement was true.
- During a visit to a chamber vault within one of the pyramids at Giza, a mixed tour was interrupted by a burst of Osaka-accented Japanese exclaiming."This is nothing but a bunch of rocks. All we do is walk. I'm pooped out!"
He was soundly hushed by the Americans and Europeans on the tour.
"I was never so ashamed of being Japanese in my whole life," remarked another person on the tour.
- A group of middle-aged Japanese women sat about in a Taiwan restaurant and exchanged negative remarks about the ill manners of the Taiwanese - in the presence of many Taiwannatives who appeared to understand every word being said, and who responded with angry glares.
If Japanese are going to act like such fools when they go abroad, Shukan Taishu suggests, perhaps the name "Golden Week" should be changed to "Week of National Shame." (MS)
267 名前：可愛い奥様 投稿日：2008/08/14(木) 00:14:55 ID:cht8AuqL0 古い話ですが独女時代、出張先の外国人に 「今度バリ行くんですよー、プライベートで」 言ったら、ニヤニヤされた。 問いつめたら、日本女子が現地の男性を買い漁ってると・・。 「まさか＊＊さんも〜？」みたいに言われてキレたことがある。今はそういう事もあるらしいけど 当時の現地情報では白人マダムが若い男の子を買い漁ってたとのこと。 12〜3年前の事なのでwaiwaiには無関係と思ってたけど 紙媒体の件が出てきてまさかと思った。 明日はチラシ増量だ。