I'm interested in starting to learn Japanese and I think I want to do it using a self-taught language book. I don't have much knowledge on Japanese at all yet so I'd want something for beginners, but I know some Korean and I've heard the two languages are somewhat similar. I bought the book Tuttle book "Mastering Conversational Japanese: Japanese for Beginners" because I bought a similar book for learning the basics of Korean, but it doesn't teach me how to write Japanese. I want a self-study book that teaches me to read/write hiragana, katakana, and kanji. I know that kanji isn't usually taught to beginners, but I want to learn it at some point so why not learn it from the start? I also would like if it came with a corresponding CD that would help me pronounce words easier (it would help but it's not totally necessary for me). Lastly I don't want to learn phrases only. I want something that could break down Japanese sentences so that I can form them myself. This is more recreational for me so I'm in no rush to learn everything at once - I want to be able to understand what I'm learning. If you know any book like this please tell me! I hope these requests aren't to unreasonable, but if they are, I'm open to anything! I'm just eager to start learning. Thank you!