Japan is a very interesting country with a long history, and an even longer list of works of art ranging from literature to film. I became interested in learning Japanese when I started watching Japanese cinema, and sadly a lot of it remains completely untranslated (or even worse, mistranslated) to this day. Thus began my journey into a hackish DIY of appreciating films that evolved into (so far attempts of) reading literature. Everyone might have different goals, of course, but if you find yourself here, then I assume some interest in learning the language. This is going to be less of an instructional thing, and more of a personal collection of experiences - what works, what doesn't, and what is vital to learning the language. I am going to give as much freely available material as possible here, and also discuss my own hacks and workarounds (which you are free to ignore). What should be stressed most of all, is this is going to be a very long process. It will take most people years to acquire a basic understanding of the language and its vocabulary, and depending on what path you follow, you might be none the wiser of how to speak or comprehend even the most basic sentences after months of effort - in my opinion, that is the way to go, as it will give you a more solid foundation. I also stress that this is a hobby to me, and none of the advice here should be taken as expert. It's just what worked for me, and I'm writing this as I go along.

The writing system, all three of it