I am a big fan of learning kanji, the writing system that Japanese have adopted and mastered. It is not easy for an ordinary student to suddenly be exposed to some 2000 Japanese kanji, and go through the process of learning them all.
I once knew a friend in Tokyo who collected subways tickets, because they had the names of stations that he knew, and the squiggles printed on the tickets were helpful in memorizing the kanji. 目黒 was “eye black”, or Me-guro. Easy to read, but you also need to learn how to write it.
Much better: White Rabbit Press has Kanji Flashcards that you can bring with you anywhere, and keep learning and remembering the kanji. Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki have done a great job to include memory aides and diagrams that I find particularly useful. A+++