I don't study Japanese for any practical reason I can think of. Sometimes I rationalize it by telling myself that learning a foreign language, especially one as rich with visual symbols and bizarre associations as Japanese, is good for my aging neurons. But I really do it because I love Japan's culture, history, and people, and because I find Japanese a very beautiful language. It's fun, it's challenging, it's aesthetically and intellectually satisfying. What's not to like?

I am not fluent in the language--far from it. This is not a course in Japanese. It's just where I keep some of the resources I use to study and improve my pitiful skills. Perhaps fellow students of Japanese will find some of them useful.

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