Happiness is not something you just get, it is something that you work for and if you don’t appreciate it, it will get lost.1) Getting 50% on Sushi at the supermarket. After 8PM some supermarkets put %-sticker on the convenience food they sell (sometimes on bread too). So, if I am lucky and have the right timing at the right supermarket I get up to 50% on some things. 30% was as high as it got for me for months, so this is a great success! So yummy!
2) Being able to talk to somebody in Japanese in a work-related situation for more than 10 minutes without having any problems in super-polite speech. It still is a hit and miss for me, but I find myself able to do that more and more. Especially with people I talk to often, so sometimes it depends on the person too, and whether I am used to their way of talking and their rhythm of speech.
3) Being able to adapt to the Japanese culture more “fluently”. Finding ways to do the things that I did in my homecountry here, where things are so different. Plus finding workarounds for situations where there is no equivalent to the thing that I am looking for. Also, getting more comfortable in this country that I feel I can even call my “home” now. I am getting less pissed at things that don’t work and I learn to use the system to my advantage. Maybe I shouldn’t be so proud about that because it took me so long (7 months *cough*) but, hey finally! 😀