"I have an idea. Let's send an American guy to Japan. Someone who know nothing about Japan. Have him wander around a Japanese city, learning what he can about his surroundings from the signs that are in English. In order to ground him, let's have him read some books other Americans have written about the place and the events that happened there...and let us not have him interact even once with a Japanese person.
Then let's publish it."
Amaterasu, save us!
Oh, why bother getting upset, when the provincials perceive even Les Français to be feral beauteous exotic beasts.
(Hat tip to reader NP)