At the Pure Water Temple in Kyoto, visitors are given cups with long handles to drink the sacred water pouring out of the Otowa Waterfall. However, one visitor was caught going too far to get his share.
While other visitors lined up to drink from the small cups, one Mandarin-speaking man not only skipped the queue, but also stepped right into the pool to collect a full bottle of sacred water, Macau Concealers reports.
From left to right, the streams of water cascading down the waterfall are believed to aid the drinker in their studies, love life and longevity.
A netizen on Weibo joked that the man seems to be a bit too old for the water of love.
Unfortunately for this guy, it is also believed that the more water you take from the stream, the less it helps you with your luck, so you should ideally only take one sip for maximum benefit. Maybe he was just collecting some sacred water to give to a few of his younger friends? Aww how considerate!
Chinese tourists have a long record of making the news in Japan thanks to their uncivilized behavior. Two months ago, some Chinese tourists were ridiculed on Japanese TV for being a bit too aggressive while taking selfies with Japan’s iconic cherry trees.
Chinese netizens are frustrated that their motherland has lost face once again. But some are skeptical that the uncouth man is really Chinese. In March, a group of men were spotted frolicking naked on a Thailand beach and locals immediately jumped to the conclusion that the misbehaving tourists were Chinese — in fact it was later discovered that they were from Japan.
“This man speaks Mandarin, but he could just as well be from Malaysia or Taiwan,” one netizen argued.
But once you get a reputation, it’s hard to lose it. In April, a Japanese prefecture updated its already condescending etiquette guide to remind Chinese visitors to not fart in public. Looks like the guidebook is already in need of another update.
By Victor Fung
[Images via Weibo]