A year ago, a group of American expats decided to take a trip to Japan and have fun with their Japanese friends.
It was supposed to be a fun holiday, but instead, it turned into a nightmare.
Here’s what we learned from our experiences.
The tour guide: The guide, a 30-year-old man from Florida, said he had travelled from California to Japan to take part in a trip.
“We went on a weekend to Tokyo and we didn’t know anything about Japanese culture,” he told the BBC.
“I came to Japan for the sake of learning Japanese.”
“I felt like I was being pushed into a corner, like the tour guide was being a dictator.
What he said to us was, ‘You’re Japanese, and you’re not Japanese, you’re Japanese,'” the woman said.
He started telling us about his experiences as an American in Japan, and told us that Japan had become a “very foreign” place for him.
“We don’t speak English,” he said.
‘I felt so weird’ He didn’t mention that we were supposed to eat at a restaurant nearby, and so we spent a few minutes in the restaurant. “
It’s a foreign country, but you have to learn it and learn it quickly, because it’s hard.”
‘I felt so weird’ He didn’t mention that we were supposed to eat at a restaurant nearby, and so we spent a few minutes in the restaurant.
We ordered food, and he told us to sit and wait.
We were still seated when he told everyone to sit together.
Then he asked everyone to stand up in the same line.
“The guy behind me said, ‘Why are you standing up in this line?’
I said, I don’t have any idea what you’re talking about.”
The man who had been with us for the whole day asked us if we wanted to sit in the next line, too.
I said yes, and the guy behind the man in front of me said he wasn’t comfortable with that, so I said I didn’t want to sit there either.
As the line grew longer, he asked us to keep our distance.
I started asking questions like, ‘Is it ok if I sit on your lap?’ and then he said, “No, no, you have a right to sit on my lap, too.”
He then asked us not to take our phones with us, and we complied, although we had no idea what was going on.
I started asking the tour guides for their phone numbers.
“He was really rude to us,” the woman who had stayed behind said.
She told me that she felt really weird.
When we went back to the hotel, he told me he’d made a mistake.
“You have to know that we had a lot of fun, and now you can do something like that,” he texted me.
“Now I’m feeling really guilty.”