"History of Japan" is a viral video created by Internet musician and video blogger Bill Wurtz in which he narrates an abridged summary of Japan's history in irreverent and humorous manners, set to an animated infographic video made in the style of 80s-retro aesthetics. Because of Wurtz' narration which shifts from toneless speaking to cheerful chanting, its memorable quotes, as well as the frequent psychedelic and colorful video effects, the video has been highly noted online.
The video was posted to YouTube on February 2nd, 2016. Prior to making it, Wurtz has made many short videos about odd themes, which he claimed were used to experiment and to practice montage. The video gives an abridged explanation of Japan's geographical, sociopolitical and cultural history from 40,000 BC to present day. In the following month, the video gained more than eight million views and over 180,000 likes, which has resulted in an increase of search interest for "history of Japan" and media coverage of his works.
Shortly after the release of the video, many Tumblr users started sharing GIFs of various graphics and quotes featured in the video as reaction images under the hashtag #history of japan. One of the most notable instances in circulation is "How 'bout I do anyway?" (shown below, left), which is "said" in the video by Japan in response to the League of Nations urging them not to invade China in 1937.