Japanese Language (nihongo) Study

This is an on-and-off thing, but I really do want to learn, at the very least, how to read and understand written Japanese, as I know it will open the thoughts of an entire culture to me, and perhaps more. If I learn the other angles, as well (listening, speaking, writing), it can’t help but make me more employable in the Pacific Rim.

If I plan to live in Hawaii, that is, getting a job there (especially one in a service sector) could hinge on having Japanese language skills. Living in Japan would also require Japanese language skills; and my interest in Japanese arts and crafts would especially benefit from being conversant and literate in the language. This is not to mention my interest in Buddhism…