Lately nothing has been more effective in alleviating mental storm clouds or doldrums for me than watching videos by Rachel and Jun. They have three channels on YouTube and three adorable cats.
I came for the content on Japanese culture, lifestyle, and travel information. I stayed for the cats. And I’m not the only viewer who has experienced this absolute adoration for the couple and their felines. The comments sections of their YouTube videos make me believe in people again, so filled with positivism, care, and encouragement, not only for the creator, but also for each other.
Most of these pictures came from the Rachel and Jun twitter feed. Of which I am now an avid follower. I mean, look at those pictures. So charming and adorable. The cats in action are even better. Each has a distinct personality and there is so much love in the household. You can see the cats in action in a special video Rachel and Jun made: Comparing our cats.
After watching nearly all the videos on their casual channel and a majority of their more recent videos on their main channel, I am absolutely besotted with this family. Whenever I’m having a bad day, or even just a boring day, I can click on one of their videos and feel myself relaxing and smiling. Even on some of their cathartic videos, where Rachel is talking about challenges of their lives or struggles and anxieties they’ve had to overcome, there’s a sense of mutual victory or shared strife. They make me feel less alone.
It’s gotten to the point where instead of listening to music at work, I’ll go immediately to their channel. Even if I’ve already seen the video, I’ll put it on. Actually those are even better, because I don’t need to watch the video, I can just listen to the audio. It’s like having friends chatting in the background. When I need a bit of a mental break, I’ll find a video that’s more visually stimulating, like Jun making sushi for his cats on the Jun’s Kitchen channel.
Rachel and Jun have been creating content since late 2012, so there’s a lot to enjoy, and they’ve grown as Youtubers. It’s even more charming because they didn’t start this project with the intent of becoming YouTube personalities. They didn’t even have the term yet in Japan at the time.
They started making videos as a way to stay connected while they endured a long distance relationship. Even after they were married, they had a long distance relationship while Jun finished his University studies and Rachel completed her Airforce contract as an Officer. Jun said in one of their videos that it was a way for them to focus on something together, rather than simply saying good morning or good night to each other through Skype. Furthermore, Rachel wanted to use it as a way to practice her public speaking skills, because she dealt with a lot of anxiety when it came to talking in front of people or even being the subject of attention.
This theme persists throughout their developing content: the desire to continuously improve, overcome challenges, learn and share that knowledge with others, and grow as individuals. That quality and their consistent love and support for each other makes this one of the best channels I’ve ever discovered. It’s a book that continues to unfold, an invitation into an intimate proximity with truly inspiring, kind, and graceful people.
(In case you ever see this blog, thank you Rachel and Jun for creating such a lovely family together and for inviting the viewers to enjoy the atmosphere of your home. Also, your cats are international treasures.)