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  • In Japan a new year starts off with people everywhere trying to grab a glimpse of the year's first sunrise

  • These girls they wanted to get up with me, right? To see the sunrise?

  • We stayed up almost until 12:00 but we didn't make it. No, you were out cold.

  • I could not wake up.

  • For us, Twenty Twenty Two was theYear of Unexpected Happenings,”

  • and right at the start of the year we would get a taste of the unexpectedin a very fun way.

  • What's going on outside Sarah?

  • It's snowing. It's snowing!

  • Let's see.

  • Oh my goodness. That is like for real!

  • Sweet! How awesome is that!

  • It's snowing! Oh my goodness!

  • So, we are going to go to a conbini to pay some bills and buy some more milk,

  • Then we can have some hot chocolate later.

  • Scooting in the snow.

  • Everyone who lives in Tokyo, this is so fun because it hardly ever snows here.

  • Let me tell you what, dude.

  • If this keeps up, we are going to have some snow on the ground.

  • As if a theme for the year to come, when something unexpected came our way, we made the most of it.

  • The kids are playing with their friends at the park.

  • Oh my goodness.

  • Hey Sarah. What do you have?

  • Are you making a snowman?

  • Here's the body

  • They're having a snowball fight.

  • A snowball fight!

  • You got me!

  • You can become so familiar with something, that once you see it in a different light, it becomes completely new

  • like seeing your own neighborhood covered in snow.

  • Life is just like that tooyou need the unexpected to help break things up and see things in a different way.

  • Trying something new can do the same thing,

  • as it did for us when we took the family to have the Japanese meal Shyabu Shyabu for the first time.

  • Our children have never tried Shyabu Shyabu, so we're going to bring them for their first experience.

  • This one is ours.

  • The blue light. But all of those is ours.

  • All of the meat has come.

  • It comes in these trays here, and then you put it in the oil.

  • Shyabu Shyabu was a blast and we've been back several times since,

  • but some of the most unexpected findings were when we tried some of the unique items on the Japanese menu at McDonalds.

  • We just bought all the crazy, unique things that are on the menu at McDonalds in Japan,

  • And we are going to try them now and see what we think!

  • Come to Becca.

  • Here goes Becca.

  • Gonna give it a bite. The Samurai Mac.

  • It comes to like your heart. What do you mean it comes to your heart?

  • Oh, she's trying it.

  • Even Ruth was inspired to try her hand at making a Japanese dish called Tonkatsu or fried pork cutlet, and it was an instant success.

  • You are not trying a little bit. You are trying a lot!

  • All of that food made us have to get some exercise in new ways as well.

  • Getting some Zumba on in here, huh?

  • Are you supervising them? Yeah?

  • For foreigners in Japan, one of our unexpected joys has been the friends we have made at our local kindergarten.

  • Joshua's birthday was an especially fun time to celebrate at school and at home.

  • How's it going guys?! Good!

  • OK smile everybody!

  • Smile 1, 2, 3!

  • Cheese!

  • Yea!

  • Our close friends and family are most precious to us.

  • And with all of your support, we reached a milestone that we never expected when we started YouTube in 2018.

  • We just hit 100,000 subscribers on Life in Japan!

  • Yeah!

  • [Drumroll]

  • Hey, pass it around, let everyone see it. Wow, how cool! It's a mirror!

  • Oh my goodness, my kids already got it dirty.

  • Yeah! Oh my goodness! Now we've gotta go for gold.

  • Life is full of the unexpected. Like taking a winter weekend getaway to the nearby Izu Peninsula

  • and being surprised by the Sakura and Plum blossoms,

  • This is pretty!

  • or heading to an area of Tokyo known for kitchenware for Ruth to explore.

  • Today we are at Kappabashi Dori

  • It's a famous street full of houseware thingslike kitchen stuff!

  • Embracing the unexpected is the way we grow as humans.

  • Wouldn't that be a pretty solid bowl? Yeah, that is pretty. Very cool.

  • The choice is yourswhat do you get? Oh my goodness!

  • Change is as much a part of life as the seasonsit comes whether you're ready or not.

  • And for us, big changes happened in the Spring as Joshua graduated from Kindergarten.

  • He would soon follow the steps of his sisters and move on to our local Japanese elementary school.

  • But it wasn't just Joshua who was moving on.

  • The whole family braced for the unknown as our oldest twin daughters Rebecca and Anna graduated elementary school in grand Japanese fashion.

  • When Spring Break finally comes, it's a chance to relax,

  • take a deep breath of fresh spring air, and spend some time with friends and loved ones.

  • Soon, it will be time for the biggest change of allnew schools for 3 of our kids.

  • Little did we know that this would not be the biggest school change of the year.

  • OK Dude- you did it, didn't you?!

  • Officially in Elementary school.

  • As Sakura petals began to fall, Rebecca and Anna entered the unknown world of junior-high school in Japan.

  • Things get much more serious in Junior High, with uniforms, longer schedules and some tough adjustments on how things work.

  • What's different about Junior High and elementary?

  • Well, we walk all of 45 minutes for Junior High

  • Elementary school is around 15 minutes.

  • Also... Bye!

  • The schedule is strict...

  • And uniforms! Yes, uniforms.

  • And huge backpack!

  • It looks heavy. Let's go.

  • But it wasn't just the girls that had big adjustments.

  • This year Joshua joined Sarah in going to elementary school, and the two have become closer than ever.

  • It's a big day for the Reutter crew. Yes!

  • Joshua's first undoukai... No!

  • In elementary school. Oh, in elementary school.

  • Joshua, what did you think about your first undoukai?

  • Pretty fun.

  • And you ran super fast, that was good!

  • I'm this fast...

  • We work hard so that when we do have a break, we can enjoy it to the full,

  • and as spring turned to summer, we looked for some new adventures around us.

  • What we found were some amazing Japanese parks and gardens as well as one of the funnest slide that we've done in Japan yet.

  • This year was also Joshua's first year riding his bike without the assistance of training wheels, and since he got it, he hasn't looked back.

  • Whoa Dude, you did a full lap no problem. Awesome!

  • Going for a second lap, sweet!

  • This was also the year that Sarah fell in love with lizards,

  • and we tried our best to find whatever we could, wherever we could.

  • A big one?

  • Is it there still Izzy? We don't know.

  • We don't know yet?

  • Right now I'm eating squid though.

  • Now you're eating the squid? You're eating the bait?!

  • Ane me. And you?!

  • Oh my goodness! What a cutie-pie.

  • The summer heat came unexpectedly earlier and way hotter than normal.

  • We looked for things to do indoors, and we stumbled upon an incredible find in nearby Odaiba.

  • Whoa! Oh my goodness!

  • Whoa! Look at this, guys!

  • Whoa!

  • That is so cool. You know what, you could easily got lost in here, huh?

  • Joshua, look at mommy.

  • It's nice to be indoors when it's hot out,

  • but some things like birthdays and fireworks are even more memorable in the heat,

  • as was the case for Sarah's 9th birthday party.

  • Oh my stars, that is a whole lot of fireworks!

  • Whoa, good golly!

  • Yeah!

  • Once summer break came, we took the longest airplane trip in our lives

  • and crossed the globe to Santarém in Brazil, the city where Ruth grew up and where our girls were born.

  • It was our chance to retrace our family roots together

  • and voyage out onto the great Amazon River where we lived for seven years.

  • Hey Sarah. Did you come to see the sunset?

  • It's pretty awesome, huh?

  • The Amazon is wild and raw, full of adventure, wildlife and incredible scenery.

  • It did not disappoint us.

  • This is what we call adventure.

  • Anna's turn Here goes Anna Cakes.

  • Oh you scared me.

  • Let go! Let go! Now!

  • It was so good to reconnect with friends and family again,

  • and we spoke at several different events and conferences.

  • At a woman's event, Ruth shared her story of our first child who died in childbirth,

  • and the hope that we found in Jesus.

  • The whole time in Brazil was a whirlwind like no other

  • and the whole adventure ended up being our first feature-length film here on YouTube.

  • If you're looking for something good to watch, look no further than our Amazon Adventure!

  • We are heading home finally!

  • There was two epic long flights

  • But the way back was really cool.

  • As we flew over the Himalaya mountains

  • [strange noise]

  • What the heck is that?!

  • What happened Nate?

  • I don't know.

  • Flat tire.

  • Is it? Maybe we have a flat tire.

  • Upon returning to Japan, the unexpected turned our lives upside down,

  • starting with our car breaking down on one of Tokyo's busiest highways.

  • Not expected.

  • OK, the wrecker has made it.

  • The police are behind us and the wrecker is in front of us.

  • Well, we stay in the car to get towed, and that's my first experience with that.

  • This is