A man travelling with his family on a guided tour of Japan has been accused of racism after voicing his firm belief that the temple on day six of their trip looked “a hell of a lot like” the temple from day four.

“I’m tellin’ ya, this bloody thing looks identical to the one a couple of days ago, have a look at the corner of that roof and the circle work going on in those rocks,” pronounced Peter Murphy.

“I’m not saying they all look the same, just this temple and the one from day four – and probably the one from day three as well.”

Peter’s wife questioned the accuracy of the statement and feared bigotry may have played a role in her husband’s claim.

“I’m pretty sure that’s racist,” Sarah Murphy said.

“Oh get your hand off it Sarah, if we put them all in a line side by side you wouldn’t be able to tell them apart,” said Peter.

The two Murphy children agreed with daddy that all of the temples looked exactly the same.

Image: Flickr/JohnGillespie


  1. Bahaha, love this site. Well consider all my “Peter Murphy” records burned, and then the remains thoroughly trampled. What a raging racist. He probably does “nirei nihaku ichirei” at Buddhist temples too, because unlike every single Japanese person he can’t distinguish between a temple and a shrine.

  2. Is this really news or even a thing? The title reads “racist tourist declares…. .” I think Westerners need to get over their obsession with political correctness. There’s really nothing racist at all for thinking temples look alike. Of course there not all exactly the same. But I live in Japan and it is definitely no secret that many Buddhist temples are built to look a certain way. Common now

    • Maybe ignorance but not racist , I believe racism suggest that one race is dominant over another. In the case of structures such as temples or shrines , I believe can have an opinion about how a structure looks! I’m a Catholic , if someone said to me “I like temples better than churches” or “all churches look alike” then it really wouldn’t matter. But if someone said i hate for the color of your skin , then yes that’s very racist and should be condemned. But in this case , the article doesn’t show any clear evidence of racism. At worst the man has bad memory. The problem I see is his wife’s eagerness to suspect racism as a result of the wests obsession with political correctness.

    • Don’t wanna embarrass you Zack, but this is a parody news site. The articles are all satirical. Nobody actually thinks that someone who says “all the temples look the same” is a racist. That’s kinda part of the joke here – people who throw the word “racist” around without knowing the meaning.


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