RE: How to Teach Yourself Japanese: A Huge Guide From 10 Years of Experience / Part 1 of 5
The multiple versions of written Japanese seems like it would make life extremely difficult for a non Native speaker. German is written pretty much like it is spoken, and it's related to English so I imagine it must be considerably easier to learn.
After getting a basic knowledge I found watching DVDs where I could switch from English to German, or watching TV series dubbed in German was a very good way to get the feel of the language, and learn "like a child." With repetition it starts to seep into the brain ;-)
I hope your posts encourage some people to learn Japanese, and I hope you do some bilingual photographic posts of your experiences.
All the best!