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  • The Summer of 2020 is upon us, but it looks nothing like previous years.

  • It takes extra effort to live happy and joyful this year,

  • but the secret in doing so lies in looking outside of yourself to help those around you.

  • Life in Japan is ready for the summer of 2020!

  • Yeah, nice! OK, let's go!

  • [Life in Japan Theme Song]

  • If you need to be reminded how to have a good time, just watch kids

  • they can make a good time out of anything, at any place, at any time.

  • Hey Dude! Were you jumping?

  • Let's see it. Let's see it.

  • Whoa, yes!

  • It has been weeks it feels like since we had a sunny day

  • And today we finally have a sunny day!

  • We're going down to the river and enjoy a picnic lunch together. It's going to be awesome.

  • Watch me! Ok, let's watch you. Can you do it?

  • Oh yeah Dude.

  • Whoa, caterpillar in a cocoon.

  • Summer this year comes with a lot of restrictions, but those restrictions don't have to keep us from enjoying the small things in life.

  • There's a light at the end of the tunnel. It looks like rainy season is almost over.

  • Oh bicycle, bicycle!

  • Look at the crew here! Oh my goodness! Three, four on a bike!

  • We lost somebody at the end there. But you're wide awake! High five!

  • No high five? Is she wide awake?

  • What do you have there? A bug.

  • Oh yeah, that's cool. Can I see? I want to see.

  • Look! Oh my goodness, is that exciting? Is that yummy?

  • Mmm hmmm. Yeah, it's so yummy.

  • Alright, I'm filming, so you can spit up now.

  • You're so pretty.

  • Having a good time doesn't have to be complicated!

  • Prioritizing family and friends goes a long ways to making even the most normal moments special.

  • Dude! What did you guys think?

  • I'm going to go to bed now! Ha ha.

  • The kids were in bed when all of a sudden we heard some explosions outside.

  • It was fireworks right above the bridge right next to us.

  • To avoid drawing crowds, most festivals have been cancelled for this summer.

  • But many places are doing impromptu shows.

  • Without announcement or warning, short firework displays of a couple of minutes are happening to lift the spirits of people.

  • The fact that they shot some off right by our house sure made our day!

  • Did you see the camera this morning?

  • Camera doesn't have his hat on.

  • What?! It's right there.

  • That's so cool! Awwww.

  • But still, he always looks like this.

  • Did you turn it off or it just closes? No, it just closes.

  • Can I try the closing thing? Yep, here you go.

  • Wait, if we put our face right here then it's going to.. Yeah, it'll slap you in the face.

  • [Inaudible]

  • Anna, you want to try?

  • Good morning everybody who watches Life in Japan!

  • Now, the video's ending: goodbye.

  • What are you guys working on here? Animal Crossing.

  • Oh, let me see, hold them right there. OK, hold them up.

  • The panda? And me!

  • And you!

  • So Kawaii (cute)!

  • I can't hold it still, I'm just going to shake!

  • Those are cool guys.

  • Hey, good morning! No school.

  • No school. No school today, that's right.

  • Mama chan is doing some Instagram.

  • Well, we are welcomed to some stairs right off the bat.

  • Whoa man!

  • Is there's one hobby we have together as a family it would probably be exploring parks in Japan.

  • Ah! Is that a frog? No, it isn't real.

  • That's crazy, ok keep going.

  • Wave!

  • Yeah! Nice, ok let's go!

  • Me! You?

  • Me, me, me! Nice

  • Pretty good!

  • I kind of feel like we came in the back door.

  • I can do it. Oh, Sarah too?

  • OK Sarah.

  • Joshua, can I go forward?

  • You're going slow!

  • You gotta go like this fast.

  • Joshua, hurry!

  • Watch this

  • OK, let's see it!

  • Awesome!

  • I did it! That's a tall one!

  • Wait, I don't think I want to do anything up here.

  • Can you get down alright?

  • Yeah.

  • And do one... pull up! That was good.

  • Look at all the bamboo here, guys.

  • (Singing) This is a bamboo forest

  • (Everyone singing) This is a bamboo forest, yeah yeah yeah

  • The bamboo forest?

  • And another great park, explored.

  • Whoa- Joey's present is in there!

  • Don't say anything [about the present]!

  • Go to the car and open the trunk!

  • What's going on?

  • We're going to go over for Joey's birthday party! Go get in the car!

  • Go Becca, go get in the car.

  • Joey's birthday party was going to be at a beach, kind of like it was last year.

  • Last year we celebrated Joey's birthday party at the beach in Yokohama and had a blast.

  • We were going to do that again this year, but all the rain and restrictions prevented that from happening.

  • Joey's birthday party last year was the first video we had subtitled in Japanese

  • You should check it out! Check it out!

  • Yeah! Joey, do you even know what's going to happen today?

  • Do you have a lion? Where's your lion?

  • Oh my goodness! Wow, that's a big lion!

  • I want to try it! I want to hold it!

  • It may not be the beach, but it was good to celebrate anyway!

  • We can't let bad circumstances ruin our day, or even our summer,

  • but fight all the harder for the good.

  • (Everybody cheering)

  • It's a car!

  • Look at that!

  • How's it going? How's it going there?

  • No Joshua! It's Joey's!

  • Tia Pri and Uncle Paul, do you know what it is?

  • I have no idea. I think I know.

  • OK, I'm going to start helping it.

  • Look Joey Joey, look!

  • Look Joey Joey!

  • Oh my goodness!

  • It's a huge car! It's so cool!

  • Let Joey get in!

  • There's two places!

  • You're like in the Flintstones.

  • All the cousins taking a turn!

  • Wow! Want me to push you?

  • Whoa!

  • Here's one too. Izzy, smack the pack.

  • Wow! Harder Izzy!

  • Oh there, now it's going.

  • That's what it's supposed to do. Let it pop it.

  • There it goes. Ok watch, watch. Let it go! Let it go!

  • It's gonna pop, it's gonna pop!

  • Pow!

  • Ahhhh!

  • Oh my goodness, everybody's enjoying some birthday cake!

  • Oh, is it yummy?

  • Say "oishii!" Oishii (tasty)

  • Is it yummy? Oishii!

  • Good? Ok.

  • So, we were reading a book with Joshua, and what did we see?

  • A Venus Fly Trap, right? Yeah.

  • And so I said, "Hey Joshua, I want to show you what a Venus Fly Trap does."

  • So we looked up a video on YouTube — here we go!

  • [Video] An electrical impulse is triggered and the leaf snaps shut in just a fraction of a second.

  • The tips lock together like prison bars.

  • [ominous music]

  • If the fly is very big or very small, it may just manage to escape. Oh, he got out!

  • He didn't. Oh yea yea, he got out.

  • But most are trapped.

  • He didn't. And die.

  • He got stuck and died.

  • He died, yeah.

  • It's not just flies that had a tough time in 2020,

  • each one of us has had our own setbacks this year.

  • But we are more motivated than ever to help those around us.

  • So today we're at Paz Coffee Shop.

  • We're going to be doing a special livestream

  • To bless the people of Kumamoto who have been throw a flood recently.

  • So a lot of artists and musicians have gotten together, and we're going to do this.

  • This will be really cool.

  • We're just about to start!

  • Paul's almost always the guy behind the cameras, and the lights, and the computers. And a mask.

  • Behind a mask, making it happen!

  • You should know him- go to his YouTube channel!

  • Four years ago our Paz Church took a couple of volunteer teams to Kumamoto to do relief work after the devastating earthquake there.

  • Before that our church took several teams into the Fukushima area to volunteer there after the huge tsunami.

  • But this year we can't go to Kumamoto to help the victims of the flooding,

  • so this livestream event was organized with the proceeds going to help those devastated.

  • Please check out the links in the descriptions for more information on how you can help

  • and check out the other great Japanese channels of our friends!

  • Thank you for watching!

  • Ok, safe!