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  • Hey guys. Hi!

  • So people have been asking us to make a video about how we met

  • and that's what we're going to do, finally.

  • It's only been like five years since we--almost, not yet

  • but coming up on five years since we started our YouTube channel.

  • And this has been one of the most requested videos.

  • So we have been together for about six years

  • and I think it's getting closer to seven years.

  • Married for more than five.

  • I don't FEEL like we've been married for that long. I know.

  • Okay, so, how we first met was

  • In America, in my university,

  • I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life

  • and I just kind of joined the AFROTC on a whim.

  • And they told me that they would pay for my entire university

  • all my bills, if I majored in Japanese.

  • So I majored in Japanese, and then I really really wanted to study abroad.

  • At that time I was mentally prepared

  • when I came to Japan to just focus on studying the language

  • because I was really into my AF stuff

  • and I just wanted to do a really good job.

  • When you do the officer track it's so, SO competitive.

  • You basically have to be the best person ever at everything.

  • So I was really set on just studying.

  • And then when I got here,

  • the very first day,

  • that was ruined thanks to Jun.

  • Because I met Jun the very first day and then all of my plans just

  • crumbled, and were destroyed.

  • How are they related?!

  • You could still study hard.

  • Um okay,

  • so I got off the plane and

  • and I had some people who were working with the study abroad program

  • who helped me find my way to the international dorm where I was staying.

  • And then when I got to the international dorm,

  • that's when Jun met me at the front door

  • because he was going to be my RA, my resident assistant.

  • Basically she came to study abroad at my university

  • and that's how we met.

  • Yeah so Jun met me at the door and he showed me around

  • the dorm where I stayed, and he showed me how to

  • do my mailbox and make my bed and everything there.

  • Basically our job is just help all the exchange students there

  • to like survive and just...

  • I was basically a handyman. That was my job.

  • Yeah.

  • And the very first time I saw Jun,

  • literally he just looked like

  • one of those manga characters from a shoujo manga.

  • He was super tall and thin and

  • he acted really cool, like...

  • He was twirling pens and stuff.

  • You were standing there. I remember the very first time I saw Jun.

  • He was just standing there looking all cool-like.

  • And I was like, "Aw man that guy's gonna be a douche." Because he looked really cool.

  • Okay so fact about me-

  • I've never in my life been physically attracted to anyone. Ever.

  • I've wanted to be. I've wanted to date and have boyfriends and crushes,

  • like everyone else, but I just never was

  • until I saw Jun.

  • So Jun was literally the first person I've ever seen where

  • I just saw him and thought, "He's attractive."

  • "Wow, I like this guy."

  • And to this day he's still the only person in my life I've ever seen, who I thought was attractive.

  • So uh, lucky me!

  • The only person in the world I've found who I'm attracted to

  • we ended up being able to be together.

  • So I got super, super lucky there.

  • I'm very honored.

  • But I thought he would be a douche. He acted like he was really cool.

  • And I thought he was so attractive, I was like

  • "I"m sure he's got like three girlfriends."

  • What??

  • And I was like, "Oh god... this is ruin- I can't do this! I came here to study!"

  • "I can't just get attracted to the first guy I see!! What is that?!"

  • Meanwhile, I was just too busy dealing with all these foreign students

  • like, "Okay, now another foreign student's on the way. What do I have to do..."

  • I didn't want to waste my time on a pointless- -douchebag.

  • -crush... Yeah, on a douchebag

  • that would be never go anywhere and just ruin my studies.

  • So I was determined NOT to like Jun.

  • I was like, I'm not going to get into this. I'm not going to acknowledge anything.

  • And focus on my studies.

  • And that lasted about two weeks.

  • Until I couldn't do anything anymore.

  • So that was my first impression of Jun. What was your first impression of me?

  • It was definitely memorable, because

  • you came in just by yourself.

  • And you have this radiant red hair.

  • That was really noticeable. And I think that was my first time for me to see people with red hair

  • in my life. Because I grew up in Japan, I've never been outside Japan, really.

  • So everyone has black hair.

  • You were in a white coat on that day.

  • Was I?

  • Yes you were. And the contrast of your hair and coat, you looked like a model.

  • I did not look like a model. And she walked like a model.

  • I did not. As they walked on a runway.

  • False.

  • I thought maybe that was just me so I asked other foreign students from

  • one of them was from Australia, one of them was from England.

  • And I asked them if they think you walk like a model

  • and they said yes.

  • You were talking to guys about how I walked?!

  • Nonono, they told me that they thought you were like a model.

  • Like you did the modeling job or something.

  • And I was like, "Yeah, I thought so, too."

  • I don't think any of this is true.

  • And they were not guys. They were both female.

  • Oh okay.

  • But when I asked her she was like, "Um not I'm not a model, I'm going to be an officer. I'm in the AF."

  • Yeah.

  • So I was pretty impressed by that, too. [FLEXING]

  • Because in Japan we don't have a "military" military anymore. We only have Self Defense.

  • So I was really interested in your career, too.

  • So my first impression of you, I don't know if I can put my impression of you in one word,

  • but just something that I would never ever meet or see in my life if I didn't become RA.

  • Does that make sense to you? Yeah.

  • The very first night I got there, there was a big communal room with video games

  • and computer and all kinds of stuff. And that's where everyone was hanging out.

  • A lot of new students had come in with me, so a lot of students were there.

  • And I was like, "All right, I need to go try to be social."

  • And get to know people and stuff.

  • So I went and sat down in that room, and I was across the table from Jun and a few other students.

  • And I don't remember how we got on the subject, but you asked me about food

  • and- I remember that.

  • I was really, really picky when I first came to Japan. I can eat a lot more now

  • than I used to be able to eat.

  • And Jun ended up offering to make me a meal that day.

  • I was going to make dinner for new students anyway.

  • And I invited a bunch of other new students, and you were one of them.

  • I was really surprised by that because I seriously thought he would be a total stuck-up dude.

  • And I was like, "Wait... he can cook??"

  • And like... he made DONUTS one day, just from scratch.

  • From NOTHING! Just from ingredients. And then he deep-fried them into actual donuts, too.

  • I was so impressed. Like, "OMG, he can make donuts!!"

  • He made everything! Did you hear yourself?

  • "I made donuts out of ingredients." That's how you make stuff!

  • Okay, if I want a donut I go to the store and buy a donut. I don't actually MAKE donuts.

  • How many people actually MAKE donuts, come on.

  • So very quickly my initial impression that Jun was for sure gonna be a douchebag just kind of died off.

  • That's horrible. And he got better and better.

  • He could cook, he's so nice, he likes video games, I found out he was sporty.

  • I found out he played baseball and stuff. I was like, "OMG he's a sporty guy too?!"

  • And then by the end of two weeks I was just done. I couldn't resist the fact that I thought he was the

  • best thing ever.

  • I didn't know how to handle those feelings, and so I acted like a TOTAL IDIOT.

  • If we would be walking down the hallway and I would see Jun,

  • my heart would start beating really really quickly.

  • And my face would immediately go red. Super super red. I would blush everywhere.

  • After a few steps of seeing Jun I would put my head down and I would just run past him.

  • Just run away.

  • After I would get a couple steps behind him he would be like, "Rachel."

  • And I would be like O△O He wants to talk to me?!!?

  • And I would be like...

  • [idiot spin]

  • turning around.

  • It was SO BAD YOU GUYS, I WAS SO AWKWARD.

  • And he would say things like, he would offer to let me use his bicycle.

  • He let one other person borrow his bicycle key, a guy.

  • And he let me borrow his bicycle. And I was like...

  • I'm the only girl he let borrow his bicycle. DOES THIS MEAN SOMETHING

  • WHY DID HE PICK ME

  • There were so many things like this, and I was freaking out because I didn't know if any of these were signs

  • that he actually liked me. Maybe he was just being super nice becauseheissupernicelikethistoeveryone [gibberish]

  • He made a meal for me.

  • I would because you told me you were going to Saizeriya every single day to eat pizza and I was like

  • "Maybe she won't be able to survive like this." Saizeriya is fast food pizza.

  • And the whole first month I was there we didn't have any classes.

  • They brought us in an entire month before classes started.

  • So some students who had already been there were off doing home stays but most of us just didn't have

  • anything to do for an entire month.

  • So we were just hanging out for a whole month.

  • So we spent all day every single day together doing something.

  • And so oftentimes at night there would be a group of us just sitting down and talking

  • or playing games and stuff. And Jun would be there. And I would be there.

  • And I would want to be close to Jun so I wouldn't leave until Jun left.

  • And because Jun was the RA and he had to make sure students were okay and all got to bed okay

  • he would stay up until everyone went to bed. But I didn't want to go to bed until Jun left

  • so we were the last two people who stayed up to talk a lot.

  • That brings back memories.

  • I had all these secret plans to get Jun to like me.

  • I was like, I'm gonna stay up as late as he's up.

  • And I would be like... I'm gonna go exercise, go for a run, but I'm going to go stretch somewhere where Jun

  • can see me. Maybe he'll be impressed that I exercise and stuff.

  • He was supposed to speak in Japanese to us because we were all there to study Japanese.

  • And my Japanese was so so bad. I would use that as an excuse to talk to Jun.

  • I would be like, "Jun I'm practicing my Japanese. Can you help me practice? :D"

  • I was really happy to help you.

  • I couldn't even say like anything.

  • Your Japanese wasn't intermediate or advanced but you were still trying really hard every day.

  • So I got really impressed.

  • The fact that you were trying really hard, I respected you as a person.

  • But at the same time, you were cute and adorable, too.

  • Next! What?

  • Okay, so about a month of this passed.

  • I had been doing my really horrible Rachel attempts at getting Jun's attention.

  • Other people liked Jun as well, because how can you NOT.

  • And so one day I got an email from my detachment and it told me that I ended up getting my #1 job choice.

  • And I was super super excited.

  • And so I sent Jun an email on our phones. You didn't do texting back then, you had phone emails.

  • I was so nervous, I think that was only the second time I had ever texted him.

  • And I was shaking while I was writing it. But I was just trying to come up with an excuse to talk to him.

  • I told him I got my job choice and I just hovered over the send button for minutes.

  • [acting like a loser]

  • And I hit send.

  • And Jun eventually responded and he was like, "Oh that's cool. Why don't you come talk to me about it."

  • His room was one away from my room.

  • And he would often just chat with students in there, just about whatever.

  • Or help them with their homework. Help them with Japanese and stuff.

  • Yeah, I kept my door open so that anyone can just come in.

  • So I went over to talk to Jun, and we ended up staying up until like 4am talking.

  • Because I didn't want to leave unless he was going to be like, "I need to go to sleep."

  • So I just kept coming up with other things to talk about.

  • At this point it had been like a month and I was like

  • I can't live my life like this, with this insane infatuation crush. I need to know.

  • Something needs to happen, because it needs to be over.

  • So I started talking to Jun about things like

  • "You know, there are girls here who like you."

  • "People say you would make a good couple with [OTHER GIRL]"

  • Are you interested in her?

  • "Is there anyone you're interested in dating?"

  • And I would ask him this stuff about he would be like, "I don't know."

  • Eventually I think I was able to get him to say that he was interested in someone.

  • But not the girls that I was talking about.

  • So I was like, "Oh... who are you interested in then?"

  • This was probably around like 3:30 am or something.

  • And by then Jun was so, so tired.

  • I can't remember things clearly. His eyes were like this [blinking to stay awake].

  • trying to stay awake. And I was tired too, but he was NOT going to bed.

  • He was not being like "Rachel, can you leave? I need to go to sleep."

  • And so that coupled with all the other small things that maybe could have meant something

  • I was like, maybe it's okay to be more forward.

  • Eventually Jun said,

  • "What would you say if I said I liked you?"