The Most Bizarre, Entertaining History Of Japan You’ll Ever Watch

Japan is the world’s third-largest economy and the producer of many of the world’s best products, from video games to cars. Yet most Americans don’t know much about the country’s rich history.

Thankfully, Bill Wurtz has just the right video to get everyone caught up — and it’s hilarious.

In nine minutes, Wurtz goes through a broad but very entertaining history of Japan: the early settlement through frozen land bridges, the spread of rice cultivation, the internal wars Japanese states fought before final unification, Japan’s attempts to shield itself from the rest of the world until America and other Western countries intervened, the world wars, and, finally, modern Japan.