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  • The cherry trees are in blossom in Japan, and with it come a new way of life.

  • While things like school graduations still happen, masks and restrictions are in place to curb the spread of Corona.

  • People are still able to enjoy some aspects of normal life though, such as our neighborhood restaurants and parks, but how much longer will that last?

  • It’s an early spring in Japanbut will there be an early end to Corona?

  • It’s all in this episode of Life in Japan.

  • All ready to go out and play in the falling snow!

  • Almost a month ago, public schools, events and conferences were cancelled in Japan.

  • Business people were encouraged to stay with their families and work from home.

  • Japan was one of the first countries to take decisive action to stop Corona from spreading.

  • But no one knew how effective it would be.

  • Ah! Oh no!

  • You're getting ready for your last day of youchien ever, huh? Yeah!

  • Oh my goodness! Two years, and now...

  • It's time for graduation.

  • Any words of wisdom at all?

  • The super fun thing, I think, was doing my undoukai (sports day).

  • Oh, the undoukai was super fun?

  • Well you'll do undoukai still in shyogakou (elementary)

  • What did we make here, Joshua?

  • I don't know what it is. Oh ho!

  • OK careful, don't knock it over. Alright.

  • Are we about to take some pictures Sarah? Yes?

  • Well, she got her diploma.

  • We are going to celebrate Sarah's graduation!

  • So where did you choose to go?

  • I choose... I chose...

  • I chose to [go to] a pizza place that has a play place.

  • A pizza place with a play placeShakey's pizza, huh?

  • Look! That one's all white... It's starting...

  • The other ones are budding, do you see any others?

  • These are starting to [bud]. Yeah, they're starting.

  • Oh, here's some white ones that are going.

  • Wow - so pretty! I love it!

  • So we're here at Yumiuriland, of course it's closed, but Shakey's Pizza is here, and it's still open.

  • So at least we're able to celebrate in this way.

  • We have a great video about Yumiuriland, so I'll leave a link and you can check it out if you want.

  • Ok, here we go. Are you ready dude?

  • Alright.

  • You guys getting your stuff? Oh, pasta, French friesyummy! And all kinds of yummy pizza.

  • These soda machines are awesome. You can put in the lemon, or different flavors, or mix them all together as our kids like to do.

  • Great variety of pizza, salad, stuff... pasta...

  • Drinks! Yea? Oh boy. Oh boy.

  • Hello miss. This was a very good suggestion.

  • Hello camera.

  • You got vanilla and marshmallows.

  • Becca? Chocolate.

  • Chocolate. Mixing it.

  • You're mixing it together, huh? It will be like a milkshakeyummy.

  • Chocolate and ice cream too. Nice!

  • Oh, it's a beautiful day! It is a gorgeous day.

  • Like a bunny, feet together, feet together.

  • Now turn around and walk backwards.

  • Walk backwards. Can you walk backwards? Oh, Joshua can.

  • Whoa, don't fall over! Spin, spin, turn around, spin!

  • Spin, turn around, spin...

  • Oh my goodness, right after lunch.

  • Shake your booty, shake it good.

  • Shake it, shake it, bam bam bam.

  • There's two things that I did here. What did you do here?

  • Number one, my school went here. Uh huh.

  • And then number two, I had a picnic here with Rio chan.

  • Oh, that's fun. Yeah, and then we went into the water with each other.

  • Fun.

  • Wowlook at this Sakura tree, guys. Take a picture of it.

  • I'm taking a video of it.

  • Oh, let's play together? Oh, there they go!

  • While famous public spaces, landmarks, museums and arenas were closed these last couple of weeks,

  • neighborhood parks stayed open and people were free to move about.

  • But now, as corona lingers on and infections continue to rise, these generous concessions are in question.

  • Wow, good job.

  • This is so easy. It's like a mountain, huh?

  • You did it!

  • Common' Big... whoa!

  • Ow! That didn't even hurt.

  • Pretty soon, ichi nensei (first grade)

  • Then you'll have homework, you'll be in school longer, and you'll go with Becca and Anna to school.

  • Yeah.

  • These kids here set up there bikes so that it would be a net here while they play tennis.

  • That's pretty creative.

  • It's like a banana-twist slide.

  • I have a camera... camera/banana juice!

  • Oh ho gosh.

  • Is it pretty sunny there, Ruth?

  • Yea, it is.

  • Gotta do something about that sun.

  • OK, ready?

  • All the cousins are here nowor a lot of them!

  • Are you going to do the slide?

  • Here he comes, Hey Joey!

  • Hey big guy!

  • Good job! Dismount.

  • Time to walk back to the car, oh my.

  • You guys played a lot.

  • Good job, here comes Uncle Ben.

  • Say "bye bye" Evie. Bye Evs.

  • Bye bye! We'll see you later!

  • It was fun.

  • It's a nice warm spring day. It's a perfect day to do some spring cleaning.

  • And get my desk all organized here.

  • Ruth is in her element.

  • Woodworking- baking - desk fixing.

  • What is that?

  • We're fixing Daddy's desk here.

  • Gonna make it so it doesn't bow so much.

  • It was sagging in the middle.

  • Becca, you have 5 points?

  • Yep, we're tied. Oh my.

  • Give her the die.

  • OK, let's go? Ok, let's go!

  • Where's Joshua?

  • Where's Joshua? Rah!!

  • Good hiding place, Dude! Look at your cute jacket.

  • Ruth keeps busy at Paz Coffee Shop by baking all kinds of delicious baked goods to sell, even developing more items for take-out.

  • Ok, we're here at our Coffee Shopyeah!

  • Oh, is this your new mixer? My new mixer!

  • So nice.

  • What are you making this morning? Chocolate scones. Well, chocolate chip scones.

  • Who needs to lift weights when you work this muscle.

  • I don't even know what muscle it is, but it gets worked.

  • A beast of a whip.

  • Whip it good!

  • The secret to a good scone: beat it really well, un til you put your wet ingredients in. And then you barely mix it.

  • What do you think, everyone? Should Ruth do a cooking channel on YouTube?

  • Let us know in the comments, she's thinking about it.

  • Twenty minutes.

  • Hi, hi, camera, camera!

  • Simon says "Stop taking a video."

  • What do you think, Big J? Does Daddy's (food) look so good?

  • Yep. I want to taste one.

  • I bet you do, but it's Daddy's.

  • (Imitates eating) I eat all of it!

  • You ate all of it, no!

  • These cinnamon rolls are Ruth's specialty and they are so, so, so, so good.

  • Here we go.

  • Now some coffee.

  • Oooh, perfect combination. I love it.

  • Our scones, baby.

  • That is what we're talking about. Look at those beauties.

  • I know I'm eating a cinnamon roll right now, but it kind of makes me want to eat a scone.

  • Oh, you're sharing so well, that's good.

  • Could the camera have one more drink? Yeah.

  • Oh, thank you.

  • You want a bite of Daddy's? Yeah, yeah.

  • Ok, a bite of Daddy's. Ready?

  • You'll have the big one.

  • How is it? Good.

  • So Joshua, we're getting ready for you to go into preschool...

  • So how do you say "toilet, please."

  • "I want to go to the bathroom."

  • Toire, onegaishimasu.

  • Right! Do you know how to say "I want to drink water?"

  • I don't know! Should I just tell you a secret?

  • (Whispers)

  • Omizu nomitai. Yeah.

  • "Mizu nomitai."

  • (Repeats)

  • Just like school, the girls cram school, or jyuku, was also cancelled for several weeks

  • But now it's getting back to normal, they're going to go tonight.

  • Right girls? Yeah!

  • They might not be too excited about going but they have a good attitude about going anyway.

  • Going to jyuku and look who's here! It's Uncle Tim!

  • Working hard on our homework that we got from Kenji sensei.

  • Look how much homework- pages.

  • All the way to here.

  • We just got news that the Tokyo olympics were postponed until next year.

  • Tokyo itself is considering strict lockdown measures.

  • So by the time this video comes out, our situation could be a lot different than what you see in this video.

  • Whatever the government suggests, that's what we'll do.

  • If you like these videos, show your support by subscribing to our channel.

  • And we pray for your health, for your well-being, and until next time we'll see you on Life in Japan.

The cherry trees are in blossom in Japan, and with it come a new way of life.

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東京の準検疫|日本の生活 第48話 (Tokyo's Quasi Quarantine | Life in Japan Episode 48)

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    林宜悉 に公開 2021 年 01 月 14 日
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