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  • Hey guys, welcome back to my channel, your virtual ticket to Japan.

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  • Episode 5

  • Okay, so I'm ready. I have my face on.

  • Aha!

  • I just did my hair.

  • I don't think you guys want to see

  • in every single video me doing my makeup and my hair because

  • it's literally like the same every single time.

  • I am heading to work for a work meeting.

  • I'm going to talk to some of my coworkers.

  • If you want to know more about teaching in Japan,

  • I really want to ask them what they like about teaching in Japan.

  • I think that would be kind of interesting for you guys to hear about.

  • And then after that, I'm going to be doing a photoshoot with another Instagrammer

  • Her name is Katya, and she's from Russia.

  • But anyway, I'm gonna get my breakfast done

  • and get out the door because I need to get to work,

  • so I'll see you guys in a bit!

  • [announcement on train] Tsugi wa--

  • So I'm running a little bit late.

  • I'm gonna get some food, really quick,

  • and then run to work.

  • Today was a meeting day where I get to see all of my co-workers.

  • I don't work with all of them

  • so I'm really glad that we at least come together once in a while.

  • Ready? Go.

  • Everybody knows him. Everybody knows Chris.

  • CHRIS: What do I like about teaching?

  • LYZ: Yes.

  • CHRIS: I like kids!

  • [laughter]

  • I like kids. I like having fun with kids, you know.

  • You can be creative and like,

  • just have fun with the kids. It doesn't feel like a high stress kind of job.

  • LYZ: Yeah! You can.

  • CHRIS: Yeah, you're teaching English but you're also just having fun,

  • but you have to have the kind of personality to--

  • LYZ: It's a good exercise. [laughs]

  • CHRIS: Oh yeah. That's definitely one thing.

  • You're gonna be so tired, but at the end of the day it's like

  • would I rather be tired sitting in a chair for ten hours a day?

  • Or would I rather be tired, working with kids, and having fun and smiling a lot?

  • LYZ: Yes. I agree.

  • CHRIS: Kids could be monsters but I love them.

  • LYZ: That is the best description ever! Thank you so much.

  • That has nothing to do with--

  • Dan, tell me one thing you like about teaching.

  • DAN: I like teaching because I get to act like a kid for a little while.

  • LYZ: That's true! That's a good one. Thank you.

  • What do you like about teaching?

  • MALE COWORKER: Honestly the kids are really cute and I like to

  • I like actually making a difference in their lives.

  • LYZ: Aww!

  • MALE COWORKER: It's pretty sweet, right?

  • FEMALE COWORKER: I like hugs.

  • LYZ: Aww! This is good.

  • This is not gonna scare people away from moving to Japan.

  • What I enjoy about teaching is I love seeing little children.

  • I love seeing their face light up when I teach them English.

  • "This is an apple. Apple!"

  • "Full sentence please. This is an apple."

  • I love seeing their smiles and...

  • LYZ: When you say, "This is an apple"?

  • MALE COWORKER: ...when I say, "This is an apple."

  • Not a banana! When this is an apple.

  • LYZ: Do you wanna say your piece?

  • MALE COWORKER: It's fun.

  • [laughter]

  • The best part about teaching is that you get to eat these maple syrup cookies for free.

  • LYZ: Dude, I ate four of those.

  • Well, I'm about to have my second one.

  • LYZ: The best thing about teaching is the snacks that they give you.

  • We also get free coffee, but it's not good.

  • [laughter]

  • There's a thing and it says coffee.

  • I don't know what it is.

  • LYZ: What is it??

  • Bye!

  • See ya!

  • I was at work and I was trying to get people to talk about

  • their favorite things or what they love about teaching and

  • nobody wanted to be on camera.

  • Sorry guys, but I tried.

  • I got a couple people, so it's fine.

  • So I think you guys will enjoy it, but--

  • ASH: The best thing about teaching...

  • is...

  • He's a teacher, so...I mean he doesn't work with me.

  • Nah, I've got a real job.

  • You're a teacher! I'm a teacher.

  • Yeah, I know. My job's better than yours though.

  • I came to Japan specifically wanting to teach,

  • and I studied education and Japanese in college,

  • but my first job experience wasn't exactly the best.

  • I want to tell you something.

  • Be strong and don't be afraid to leave an unfair position

  • or something that isn't making you happy.

  • Life is way too short for that.

  • Do what's best for you and your lifestyle

  • because it's all that matters in the end.

  • This is Katya, follow her on Instagram.

  • She's beautiful.

  • KATYA: Aww!

  • LYZ: How was your vacation?

  • LYZ: Stop being my supervisor.

  • Stop being my boss.

  • BOSS: I am not your boss anymore.

  • LYZ: Wait, what?

  • FORMER BOSS: Because you're fired!

  • LYZ: Noooo!

  • [laughter]

  • LYZ: Noooo!

  • I thought I would give up and go home after what I had gone through

  • with jobs and relationships in general,

  • but I realized that I didn't have that amazing experience I wanted to have in Japan while living here yet.

  • I wasn't ready to leave.

  • LYZ: What is that?

  • FRIEND: It's a panorama camera. It's weird.

  • LYZ: 1983...

  • Okay, so we're gonna go take some photos right now because

  • we need our Instagrams to look

  • amazing, so...

  • Look at Ash! He's on the--

  • One day he'll be on a building and I'll be like, where'd he go?

  • I didn't go home...

  • I stayed.

  • Who wants to go home with a negative outlook on Japan?

  • I didn't want to share bad experiences with friends and family when they asked me,

  • "How was your life in Japan?"

  • So, I went and searched for a better life

  • and found it after fighting through some difficult moments in my life.

  • I'm the happiest girl alive right now because

  • I was brave enough to go for it.

  • If you're thinking about teaching here,

  • even if you have zero experience,

  • it's so worth it.

  • You make such an impact on these students, these kids.

  • Do you remember that one teacher in your life that you looked back on and said,

  • "Yeah, she or he was the best teacher ever"?

  • That's what those students will be saying years later,

  • and it's the best feeling in the world knowing that.

  • Here, I'll hold it.

  • Aww, so pretty!

  • I need a light.

  • LYZ: What kind of light?

  • Is that too bright? [laughs]

  • Sorry!

  • It works, though.

  • Honestly, I love this new network of photographers,

  • Instagrammers, and creatives I'm working with.

  • It's my dream to build a community like this in Japan,

  • but with passionate people who are working so hard to put their art out into the world.

  • This is a new generation of creative minds.

  • We're just taking some videos and

  • my friend behind me is taking some shots.

  • This is a really nice light.

  • It's so pretty.

  • Ooh, there's like a band playing.

  • Yeah, that's cool!

  • Let's go! [laughs]

  • Ooh! Ahh!

  • Ooh!

  • No, my battery's dying!

  • It hasn't stopped raining,

  • but we're getting some good shots.

  • I don't know if I'm supposed to be standing on this.

  • Am I supposed to be standing on this?

  • I look so cool when I'm blue.

  • [singing] I'm blue, da ba dee da ba dai, da ba dee da ba dai

  • Another thing I love about teaching here is the fact that

  • after work, I get to do and see stuff like this:

  • We just finished shooting, and I think

  • I think I brought together a bromance right here.

  • Watching them take pictures together was just so romantic.

  • I was jealous.

  • [laughter]

  • Okay, I am so bad at

  • finishing these vlogs, to be honest.

  • I never know. I'm so exhausted when I get back home.

  • I never wanna--I just want to get in my pajamas,

  • take off my makeup,

  • do my skincare stuff, and just go to bed.

  • Today was really, really fun.

  • I'm so glad that we were able to go out

  • and I was able to meet my friend that I met on Instagram.

  • She's so cute! Please check her out.

  • I'll link everything down below and also,

  • the amazing photographers that came with us today.

  • I'm just so grateful to know people that have such creative minds.

  • I love when I'm hanging out with creative people and I see

  • their creative minds just turn on and just go at it.

  • I think it's just so fun to see people

  • coming up with ideas and thinking of ways of to pose,

  • and ways to take a picture,

  • and I don't know, it's just art.

  • It's beautiful. I think it's the most amazing thing and to have friends like that.

  • I hope we can do more fun projects in the future and

  • I'm learning a lot too, and I just bought myself a gimbal.

  • I'm like, oh my god,

  • I need to save my money, but this was so worth it in so many ways.

  • I am so excited to get this gimbal and use my iPhone and do some more iPhone

  • video and photography and all that stuff with this thing.

  • Anyway, thank you guys for watching.

  • I'm sorry,

  • I just took off all of my makeup. I don't even know why I'm apologizing but

  • I look like shit right now.

  • I'm tired, took off all my makeup

  • I have this little thing on to hold my hair back,

  • but I should probably take it off.

  • Anyway, thank you guys for watching!

  • I don't know how this video is gonna turn out. I hope that

  • some of the comments from my co-workers

  • were helpful in a way.

  • A lot of my co-workers didn't want to be on camera and I understand that

  • so I have to respect that,

  • but I got a couple little comments about being a teacher and they were really good!

  • Yeah, and I'll see you guys next time.

  • Good night. Sweet dreams.

  • Thank you for watching this video. If you liked it, give it a thumbs up,

  • and please don't forget to follow all these amazing, talented people who went out with me to take photos today.

  • Their information is in the link below.

  • Don't forget to follow me on all my social media platforms

  • for more info on my life in Japan, and I will see you next time.