I worked on a kibbutz in Israel during my gap year between high school and college.
There were many volunteers from the USA and a variety of countries in Europe and South America. Most of us were introduced to citizens of places we'd only ever read about or seen in pictures. When I mentioned I was from Chicago, the response was generally, "Oh, Al Capone...gangsters."
This vintage German educational chart explores a 'typical' Japanese family at dinner. Note the cherry blossom tree in full bloom, the Bonsai tree on the credenza, that everyone is wearing a kimono, Mother wears a full geisha wig at the table and cools herself with a requisite fan. Sheesh!