One great reason for learning Japanese is anime. Anime is an extremely popular animation style native to Japan. Around 33% of Japanese people regularly watch anime. You may have heard of some of the more popular anime shows such as Dragon Ball, Pokémon and One Piece, or some movies, like Spirited Away, or Your Name. Often times these titles are released in Japanese, so watching them when you can’t speak the language you are listening to can be hard.
However, they are also often dubbed over by English-speaking voice actors. Obviously this is heavily dependent on preference, but the large majority of the anime community would agree that watching anime with English subtitles is better than watching a dubbed-over version. Some of the translations of the subtitles are often misinterpreted and there are many websites which outline the hilarity or some of the comments. While watching and reading subtitles at the same time is possible, why not learn Japanese and make it possible to turn the subtitles off?
Travelling is an exciting opportunity which can be enhanced by learning the language before you go. This blog contains some interesting articles about language and travel.