If you’re looking for a quick refresher course on Japan’s long and fascinating history, Bill Wurtz’s “History of Japan” is the perfect video for you. The nine-minute animation combines flashy graphics, music, jokes, and incredibly fast-paced narration (with just a bit of swearing) to tell the story of Japan from the time it was first settled to the present.
The video manages to pack in a huge amount of information, touching on the rise of rice farming, Buddhism, art history, World War II, and more. It’s an entertaining and informative retelling of the country’s history, and the ultimate video for anyone cramming for a History of Japan final exam. Check out Wurtz’s engaging and deeply silly visual history above.
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