Monday, February 8, 2016

The History of Japan in 9 Minutes

Japan is the damnedest place. Really. I've been saying for some time that it's the only rival on Earth to Western Civilization. Some also count Russia as being outside Western Civilization, but even if you buy that, Russia and the West are culturally very close, and Japan, by contrast, is extremely alien. Racially quite different, of course, and despite their ability to absorb features of the West and even improve on some of them, they remain basically a Confucian civilization in contrast to the Christian basis of the West, and Russia also, for that matter.

But even though they're fundamentally different from the West, the Japanese somehow manage to be very much like the West in some ways. They glommed on to Western ideas of technology, military organizatkon, and even government to some extent, in a way that other cultural groups — Muslims, Africans, Indians, etc., —  don't seem to even try to do.

And on top of all that, their humor sense seems weirdly compatible with American humor.

If you want to know their history, here we have a video. Warning: vulgar language. This is from Sankaku Complex [link]:

Rising YouTube talent Bill Wurtz has made a comedic video covering the entire history of Japan in a mere 9 minutes, impressing not just history buffs but the more critical of Japanese viewers as well, with some admitting to actually enjoying his sense of humor.
The trending video, securing over 4 million views in about a week:


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  2. Grrrrrrrrrrr Stinking auto correct. "The more of our culture they adopt, the weirder they get."

  3. Childish at best. Trivializes to the max and too PC.

  4. Thinks the West has a Christian basis, lol.

    “Look at this stone,” he says. "It has been lying in the water for a very long time. But the water has not penetrated it.” He breaks the stone open on the fountain, showing it to Michael. “Look. Perfectly dry.” Michael reaches into his pockets, then indecisively keeps them out, unsteady. Lamberto continues. “The same thing has happened with men in Europe. For centuries, they have been surrounded by Christianity. But Christ has not penetrated it. Christ does not live within them.”

    From The Godfather Part III.

    Western Christianity is a molding of Christianity to fit Platonic and Aristolean values. The Bible actually opposes almost ever Western value you hold dear.

    1. Especially Nationalism in the New Testament. We are to think of ourselves as citizens of God's Kingdom which is not of this World.