Rachel and Jun

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Rachel and Jun
Rachel and Jun.jpg
Personal information
BornJunichi Yoshizuki (Jun)
NationalityAmerican (Rachel)
Japanese (Jun)
ResidenceFukuoka city, Fukuoka prefecture, Japan
OccupationYouTuber
YouTube information
Channel
Years active2012 – present
Genrevlog, interview, documentary
Subscribers2,300,000+
Total views260,000,000+
Associated actsJunsKitchen
YouTube Silver Play Button 2.svg 100,000 subscribers
YouTube Gold Play Button 2.svg 1,000,000 subscribers 2017
Updated March 10, 2019

Rachel and Jun are an American/Japanese married couple of YouTube personalities who make online videos about Japanese culture and society (sometimes called J-vlog(ger)s), and reciprocal perceptions between Japanese and Westerners.

YouTube channel[edit]

The videos of the channel consist of vlogs on various topics related to Japanese culture and society, personal experiences and daily life, and also interactions with other Japan-related vloggers.[1][2] A video of a visit to the "Fox Village" (Kitsune Mura) from Zaō (July 2015) went viral and was featured on many websites.[3][4][5]

Some of the videos are documentaries with interviews on specific topics. The 80-minute documentary "Black in Japan", interviewing black people living in Japan, was featured in the BBC article "What's it like to be black in Japan?"[6] and in other news media websites.[7] Other videos synthesize information about Japanese society that is not readily available in English, as in the case of the video about the women's reaction on Twitter to the news that the Tokyo Medical University rigged test scores to admit fewer female candidates.[8]

Rachel and Jun live in Fukuoka city with their 3 cats, Poki, Kohaku and Nagi.

Rachel and Jun have collaborations with other notable YouTubers such as Simon and Martina,[9] Sebastiano Serafini, The Anime Man, einshine and Miranda Ibañez.

The couple were featured in BBC,[8] The Japan Times,[10] Japan Today[11] and in the TV show Asachan from TBS, in a section dedicated to foreign YouTube personalities based in Japan.[12][13]

In 2016, they traveled from the northern to southern tip of Japan for the travel website Odigo, visiting a total of 20 prefectures and producing a series of travel videos. They were also scheduled panel guests at the anime convention Animazement in Raleigh, North Carolina (May 27–29, 2016).[14]

Jun has an associated channel, Jun's Kitchen, where he posts videos about cooking and culinary arts[15] (the appeal of the videos is increased by his interactions with his cat Kohaku).[16][17]

Personal life[edit]

Rachel is from Cincinnati, Ohio. Rachel (b. 1988) and Junichi "Jun" Yoshizuki (b. 1989) (葦月一, Yoshizuki Junichi) met at Nagoya University of Foreign Studies in 2010. They married in 2011 but spent four years in a long distance relationship while Jun finished his studies in Japan and Rachel served out a contract as an officer in the United States Air Force in the US. During this period, they started a YouTube channel together as a project to keep them in touch, where they created videos about their experiences and topics related to Japanese and American cultures. The initial name of the channel, MyHusbandisJapanese, was created by Jun as a reference to Japanese pop culture, inspired by the title of the manga series My Darling Is a Foreigner. The breakthrough was the video "What NOT to do in Japan", in March 2012, which quickly amassed hundreds of thousands of views (at the moment of its launch they had about a dozen subscribers).[8] The channel proved to be popular and became an increasing priority in their lives.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ashlynn Green (December 30, 2015). "Interview with Youtube Sensations Rachel & Jun". Archived from the original on June 11, 2016. Retrieved May 25, 2016.
  2. ^ "Interview: Découvrez et rencontrez "Rachel & Jun", le couple mixte star de Youtube". DozoDomo.com. January 27, 2016. Retrieved May 25, 2016.
  3. ^ "A Video Tour of Japan's Fox Village, Home to Over 200 Foxes". Tastefully Offensive. Retrieved October 20, 2015.
  4. ^ "This Fox Village In Japan Is Even Cuter Than It Sounds". Distractify.com. Retrieved October 20, 2015.
  5. ^ "Everyone should immediately move to this Japanese fox village". The Daily Dot. Retrieved October 20, 2015.
  6. ^ Mike Wendling (October 19, 2015). "What's it like to be black in Japan?". BBC. Retrieved October 20, 2015.
  7. ^ Rachael Krishna (October 19, 2015). "Eight People Explain What It's Like To Be Black In Japan". BuzzFeed. Retrieved October 20, 2015.
  8. ^ a b c Bryan Lufkin (September 20, 2018). "The YouTube stars who teach the world about Japan". BBC. Retrieved September 21, 2018.
  9. ^ Martina Stawski (October 14, 2015). "What surprises us about Japan and South Korea". Eat Your Kimchi. Retrieved May 25, 2016.
  10. ^ a b Delaney Lake (April 20, 2015). "Rachel & Jun". The Japan Times. Retrieved October 20, 2015.
  11. ^ Evie Nyan (May 10, 2017). "Japanese-American YouTube couple discuss marital arguments, culture clash". Japan Today. Retrieved September 21, 2018.
  12. ^ "2015年2月6日放送 5:30 - 8:00 TBS あさチャン!". February 6, 2015. Retrieved October 20, 2015.
  13. ^ "あさチャン! 2015年2月6日放送回". February 6, 2015. Retrieved October 20, 2015.
  14. ^ "Animazement News". Animazement. Retrieved May 25, 2016.
  15. ^ "Jun's Kitchen: Meet Jun And Kohaku, The Human-Cat YouTube Cooking Team". Headlines and Global News (HNGN.com). February 2, 2016. Retrieved May 25, 2016.
  16. ^ Andrea Romano (February 3, 2016). "Cat is the cutest sous chef while his human makes a Japanese style omelette". Mashable. Retrieved May 25, 2016.
  17. ^ Dana Hatic (February 4, 2016). "The Cuddliest Sous Chef of All Time Is a Fluffy Cat Named Kohaku". Eater.com. Retrieved May 25, 2016.

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