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  • Trips and vacations bring happiness for moment, but when that moment is passed, only a memory remains.

  • A truly rewarding life is built in everyday moments, prioritizing our families and communities.

  • The way we live our normal life determines whether or not we will will enjoy a high quality of life or not.

  • Here's some of the secrets we've found for living the best life.

  • [Life in Japan Theme Song]

  • There's joy to be found in everyday moments,

  • and every moment can be useful, even making breakfast.

  • Involving others in our lives is a key part to a purposeful life, whether it be our children, community or you as you watch this.

  • Chocolate chip pancakes! This is the tradition of the Reutter household on Saturdays, huh?

  • The yummiest pancakes!

  • The yummiest pancakes?! Momma cake's cakes.

  • Homemade.

  • Oh my goodness, let's just fill up our hearts with kawaii for a moment.

  • Whoa, look at that stack of pancakes!

  • Yum! Chow!

  • Eating time.

  • Good!

  • Whoa! Hey guys, what's going on?

  • We're doing school! I'm the teacher. I'm hot.

  • Learning Japanese is a huge part of connecting with people here, so it's a big part of what we do.

  • In fact, our whole family is learning!

  • Now Becca, your turn. Please do the hardest one ever!

  • Whoa! It looks like you setup Hiragana cards all the way through here.

  • If you want to learn Japanese, this is the first place to start: is to start learning Hiragana.

  • So these are all the sounds that you use in Japanese, huh?

  • And the characters that go along with each one.

  • Why don't you sing the little song?

  • OK, so sing the song that goes with it, OK?

  • (Sings Hiragana Song)

  • Wow! Great, Sarah!

  • Wow, good! And you lined all of these up yourself, huh?

  • Yep. Joshua kind of helped me put it over here.

  • Yeah, I was so nice! You were so nice to help her set it up?

  • He kicked the ball into the neighbor's yard today. He runs up to him and says "Sorry!"

  • That's so cute!

  • We've been documenting our journey in Japan on this channel for over 2 years now, but the journey started long before our channel.

  • The relationships we've forged here have allowed us to share this journey with you, and that increases our joy.

  • Tonight we're premiering our video here at the Coffee Shop, right?

  • We got some little sushi and rolls and some fun stuff to eat; some grapes.

  • Over here we're making some popcorn!

  • Welcome to the premiere!

  • Our first ever in-person premiere of Life in Japan.

  • With lots of nice snacks and visitors!

  • I'm a visitor. You're a visitor!

  • If you don't know Ryoji, he's the reason why you have all those subtitles in Japanese.

  • He and his wonderful wife Miruka.

  • Miruka, wave to the camera. OK, thank you!

  • Alright, we're about to start! We're about to start, yea!!

  • The countdown, here it goes!

  • 3, 2, 1!

  • Whoa! Here we go!

  • So what did you think of this last video: down the canyon, huh?

  • Scary!

  • Just translating it was scary!

  • Healthy living is a result of well-balanced priorities.

  • It's far too easy in today's society to let one's career, education, hobbies or leisure take priority over family and community.

  • If misbalanced priorities go on too long, look out!

  • There is a lot of pain at the end of that road.

  • Today we've come to the girls' undoukai, or sports day, at our local elementary school.

  • We love cheering our kids and their teams on to victory, even if it looks very different this year.

  • Instead of having the whole school participate at the same time, each grade participates at separate times and only the parents of that grade can come and observe.

  • Everyone wears a mask and is careful to not scream and cheer, although that can be hard to do!

  • Did you see Sarah, dude? Yea! She was running over there.

  • We love our local community and that we were still able to come together to pull off the undoukai this year in a safe way!

  • The challenges of physical distancing are plenty, but they shouldn't detract us from building stronger relationships with those around us.

  • The better the relationships we can develop, the richer our lives will be.

  • After the undoukai we headed over to Paz Coffee Shop, where we honored all the volunteers that make Paz Church such a special place.

  • Daddy, this is like a birthday party.

  • It is! Volunteer party!

  • The camera is here. The camera's here?

  • What are you doing over here? I'm looking outside.

  • Oh! Life in Japan!

  • Hello everyone! Hey friends!

  • You're going to be famous!

  • Look at John, alright! How many drinks have you made today, John?

  • I don't know. Quite a few though.

  • You know, we came with a lot of dreams and visions for what we believed God was going to do.

  • (Japanese translation)

  • And everything happened very differently from what we expected.

  • (Japanese translation)

  • But in an amazing way, I would say it is much better, much deeper than what we expected.

  • (Japanese translation)

  • Our church is an extension of our family — a place where strong community is developed.

  • Our Life in Japan is so rich because of the great relationships we have forged here.

  • Being a part of a strong community is key to thriving in the world these days.

  • Don't say anything! I won't.

  • Don't say "oh" or anything.

  • Here I come, close your eyes. OK?

  • You closing your eyes?

  • OK, open.

  • What is this? Minecraft sheets.

  • Can we use it tonight?!

  • One side's that and the other side's that.

  • How did you...?

  • Happy Birthday!

  • I love you, Becca and Anna

  • Have fun at Yomiyuri Land!

  • Aw, that was so nice, Sarah!

  • This is a rollercoaster!

  • Each and every person is special, so we like to make a big deal of our kids' birthdays and celebrate.

  • For Becca & Anna's 11th birthday, they decided how they wanted to celebrate.

  • The girls' birthday present this year is to go to Yomiuri Land with their friends. Oh boy!

  • 3, 2, 1

  • Ooh! No fear! I love it!

  • We're on the Ferris wheel, ahh!!

  • Neh, Anna?

  • For a less intense birthday celebration that the whole family could enjoy, we've come out to Showa Kinen Park.

  • That would be fun to try sometime, huh?

  • In Natsu (summer), just in case we fall down.

  • Get the gloves on. Look at you! You look like a little marshmallow man!

  • This is one of our favorite parks,

  • In fact this is the place where we recorded parts of our intro for Life in Japan many moons ago.

  • Right there. Where was it Anna, right over there?

  • Right here. Yea, it was right over there, wasn't it?

  • Uncle Paul was with us, filming.

  • Beautiful colors.

  • It's a good place for a music video, though!

  • We've come out to Showa Kinen Park for one of the highlights of their year: to see the Fall foliage at night in the illuminated Japanese garden.

  • Whoa dude! Trekking through the leaves!

  • Walking down the colorful way.

  • It's so pretty. It's so pretty, isn't it?

  • Don't those all look so fun? They're called Segways.

  • I want to ride one. Yeah! So cool.

  • A positive outlook on life comes from filling your mind with good things.

  • The news today can be depressing,

  • but if we focus on what is lovely, beautiful, pure, noteworthy, wholesome and true then we can keep from sliding into depression, anxiety and hopelessness.

  • OK, I'm going to do a little interview with the youngest kids.

  • Sarah who, how old are you now, Sarah? I'm seven.

  • OK, and Joshua kun, how old are you?

  • I am four. Alright.

  • So Sarah, what is your favorite part about Japanese school.

  • Um, when we, like, make stuff. That's mostly my favorite thing.

  • When you make things?! What kind of things do you make?

  • Like you make like crafts, and you make so much cool things.

  • Oh cool. It's fun.

  • So Joshua, I'm going to ask you the same question. What is your favorite part about Japanese school?

  • I like playing with my blocks.

  • You like playing with your blocks there?

  • Sarah, do any of your friends at school know that you're on YouTube?

  • Only Minori chan knows.

  • Minori chan knows? Does she watch you on YouTube?

  • I don't know but when you like put on the Life in Japan hat, Minori chan says "That's the Life in Japan hat!"

  • Oh, your friends at school. Do they know you're on YouTube?

  • No.

  • They don't? I think Aiden knows, doesn't he?

  • No! I was talking! I need to start all over again.

  • You need to start all over again?!

  • OK

  • Aw Dude, what a face!

  • OK, let's turn that frown upside down.

  • Mommy, I'm thirsty!

  • OK, good luck.

  • What should I drink?

  • Just hold on. Mommy's starting to really freeze.

  • Alright. Do you remember doing this last year, Anna?

  • I do, I do.

  • I think Ruth was dressed just like that, too.

  • I probably was.

  • Except, just, minus a mask.

  • Building strong families and community takes work, but the reward of this work is a rich and satisfying life.

  • Ooo, but this is always so pretty here, look! Oh my goodness!

  • So cool! So cool, huh Dude?

  • I remember this part. You remember this part?

  • For us, this means prioritizing our family, our neighborhood community and our church community.

  • And in a larger sense, we've built another community — the Life in Japan communityfull of great people like you.

  • We love interacting with you each week and sharing our life with you makes our joy even greater.

  • We are all a part of something special which God has given each and every one of us: life!

  • It's pretty. It just doesn't come out the same way on my phone.

  • It sure doesn't.

  • I have a picture of you from last year, I should take one of this year.

  • Whoa, this is cool here. A little waterfall, huh Anna?

  • Cool!

  • No cameras allowed! No cameras allowed?!

  • You can't take that in.

  • Oh you can do it. This is where you can do it, see?

  • It kind of looks like a huge Christmas tree, doesn't it Sarah?

  • Yea because there's one star on top of that.

  • Wow What are you doing?

  • Taking a video. What are you doing?

  • Nothing. Nothing, ok!

  • Do you see this water? You have to be so careful!

  • Oh you have to be so careful, you're right, so you don't fall in, huh?

  • Samu! That is so dangerous!

  • It's not so dangerous, actually.

  • What's the best life you can live these days?

  • I believe it's a life lived in the love of God through Jesus Christ.

  • He came to give us abundant life, not the kind based on the circumstances around us,

  • but a life full of joy no matter what is happening in the crazy world.

  • We understand your situation may be very different:

  • perhaps your family is in bad shape,

  • maybe you're looking for a new job this year or you've recently lost a loved one.

  • Maybe your beliefs are completely different or you feel all alone in this world.

  • I want to encourage you that you're not alone.

  • We care for you and God cares for you.

  • If you want to connect on a deeper level, I'll leave links in the description to other great friends and channels to follow.

  • And as always, thanks for watching, liking and subscribing.

  • Until next time, we'll see you on Life in Japan.

Trips and vacations bring happiness for moment, but when that moment is passed, only a memory remains.

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Living the Best Life | Life in Japan Episode 82

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