A Japanese tourist with Indian wife

Has anyone ever mistaken your country of origin. It happens with me and my husband(yes A and I got married in Feb :D) all the time.

I am usually mistaken for an Indian which does not make me so happy because I want to be identified as a Nepali. On the other hand A is identified as a citizen of whichever country he visits. For example, here in Thailand, everyone says he looks like a Thai. As A knows a bit of Thai language, people always think he is Thai. Last year, we went to Cambodia and they thought A was Cambodian. A says when he went to Malaysia, he was mistaken for a Malay and the same thing happened in China, Singapore and other surrounding Asian countries.

But the strangest thing is we didn’t think we would be mistaken for our country of origin in our own motherland, Nepal. After our week long wedding, A and I went to visit different temples in Kathmandu. As A is from Patan area, he took me to all the temples near Patan Durbar Square. One of the most famous and beautiful temple in Patan Durbar Square is Krishna Mandir. I know this is ridiculous, but I had never been inside Krishna Mandir before so A really wanted to take me inside the temple for a darshan. So, we were walking around Patan Durbar Square taking pictures and visiting temples. As we approached near Krishna Mandir, A took several pictures of me outside the temple and after that we climbed up the stairs to enter the main temple where there is a century old statue of Lord Krishna. In Kathmandu, many hindu temples does not allow non-hindus to enter the temple. So, when A climbed up the stairs, the pujari at Krishna Mandir stopped A saying Japanese are not allowed inside the temple! Hearing this both A and I burst into laughter. Then he talked to the pujari in Newari saying, “I am Nepali and I have spent my childhood roaming around this temple”, which clearly astonished him and he was a little embarrassed too. After this the pujari said,”I thought you were a Japanese tourist with an Indian wife!”

Krishna Mandir at Patan

Krishna Mandir at Patan

So, this was our story at the Krishna Mandir. Has anything similar happened to you guys as well? I would love to hear such stories.


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11 responses to “A Japanese tourist with Indian wife

  1. πŸ˜† Japanese??
    I have got many comments saying that I do not sound like a South Indian because of my perfect North Indian Hindi accent πŸ™‚

    Ahem, since you made an official announcement here, here’s wishing A and R a very hearty congratulations πŸ™‚

    • hehe yea, may be the Pujari thought so because there was a camera hanging on his neck and Japanese tourists are never without one…and thank you once again :).

      It is great to know that you are fluent in hindi inspite of being a South Indian. When I was working in Chennai hardly any of my South Indian friends knew hindi…

  2. Well I face this identity crisis all the time. I was touring in Sri Lanka in January with an Indian friend and the locals thought she was Sri Lankan but tagged me from countries across the globe. Ridiculous! Mauritius, Mexico, Brazil, South America, Maldives even Kenya! Their first guess is usually Indian and when I say no, they go all over the globe. I think my accent confuses them, its part British-American like a bad cross! lol.

    And CONGRATULATIONS!! Hoping to read posts about your marriage. God bless you guys! πŸ™‚

    P.s- really want to visit Cambodia, it must have been amazing right?

    • lols you have a greater crisis than A i guess πŸ˜‰

      Yea Cambodia was amazing, the whole Mahabharat episodes came flashing before my eyes when i saw Ankor Wat…and thank you, may be will blog about the wedding sometime πŸ™‚

      • You should.. wedding posts are always exciting. Since I’m not getting married anytime soon but a bunch of my friends are.. I’m planning to blog about theirs! Haha. Angkor Watt.. yes I really wish to go there pretty soon, maybe Jan πŸ™‚ who knows!

  3. First of all big congratulation on wedding . It is normal for me and AS to be in same situation. In Hongkong airport, a Chinese women came and stat speaking to him in Chinese. In Vietnam, everyone thought he was Malaysia and it happens every where. But I loved those situation as it makes you laugh. Take care gal πŸ™‚

  4. A

    hehe, we have a typical asian look, so ppl’ll mistake us wherever we go… think its more for westerners, almost impossible to get their nationality on 1st try…

  5. There seems to be a pattern with Nepali people being mistaken for other nations… I wonder why? I am Croatian, but my husband is Nepali and while we lived in US, and even in Europe, people always assumed he was Mexican. People would come up to him and start talking in Spanish and he would be like: no hablo espanol!

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