(Image Source: Screenshot of “Sunny Photograph” Facebook page)
Tourists flock to Japan in droves at the start of March and April, to see the famous Sakura Blossoms during the trees' flowering season. However, there were the occasional incidents of tourists pulling at the branches from time to time, and in recent days, a video clip was posted online showing a crowd of middle-aged men and women pulling at the sakura blossoms for photos, only to be stopped by some local elderly Japanese. A netizen pointed out that such behaviours are of those who have the money for travelling but lacking in manners and culture; others pointed out these problematic tourists were Chinese, stating that they are “so poor that all they have is money.”
The video clip, uploaded by Sunny Photography onto Facebook on 3 April, was under a minute and a half; and judging from the footage, the location seems to be at Ueno Park in Tokyo. At the start of the clip, a young man can be seen standing atop of some objects with his hand pulling down at the sakura tree’s branches, while his companion took a photo.
In the following shot, we can see a mandarin-speaking young man in black taking photos of some sakura blossoms; at this time, we see a Japanese-speaking elderly man wearing a yellow coat arriving on his bike; he then can be seen talking to another elderly gentleman wearing a green jumper, pointing at the crowd pulling at the tree branches for photos. Soon after another middle-age looking man pulled at the sakura blossoms for photos, the yellow coat wearing Japanese elderly man prepared for action; and as another middle-aged woman attempted to pull down the tree branches for photos, the elderly man immediately went forward, saying “No! No!” in simple English while crossing both his arms in a gesture of saying they cannot pull at the branches, whereupon the middle-aged woman stopped pulling at the branches. This is evident that the people who were pulling at the sakura blossoms were non-Japanese speaking Asians.
Netizens lambasted the ones who were pulling branches in their comments, saying that such behaviour is deplorable, one commentator called those people as “ones who have the money to travel but lacking in culture”, another said “it would be great if we can detain these low intelligence life forms, then trees and flowers would be safe”. When discussing the nationality of these offenders, it was unanimous they can only be chinese, with some saying that “‘the super power’ really needs to properly educate its people, otherwise having a reputation of ‘being so poor that all they have is money” isn’t a good thing for china.”
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