Kenichi Tanaka, a graduating senior from the Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts & Music, recently created this info-graphic motion video for his senior thesis. The video, in 10 minutes, provides a statistical overview of, what the author considers, some of the odd  characteristics of Japan.

As evidenced by the YouTube comments, the video is quite controversial – and rightly so – as it ignores comparisons with other countries and sometimes focuses on details that make you wonder if the author is pushing a certain agenda. It was basically begging for all the pedantic nerds of cyberspace to attack it.

But with that said, I have to say I really enjoyed it. It was executed very well and, assuming its audience are people who know nothing about Japan, it seemed to accomplish its goal of getting you interested in the country.

The original Japanese version is available on vimeo.

thanks for the tip kaori-chan!