I have discovered some great sites to help those studying Japanese culture and language, Hungry for Words and Just Bento.
Hungry for Words is the personal web site of Makiko Itoh, a developer/designer of web and PDF related technologies. Born in Tokyo, Japan, she has lived in numerous places including the U.S., England, and Switzerland. She is fluent in English and Japanese and gets by in French and German.
She counts amongst her many interests travel, languages, ballroom and latin dancing, design issues, art, food, reading, and all manner of crafts.