I have had a fascination for Japan for quite some time now. Most of that adoration is based on popular culture and my (very likely) limited perceptions of Japan. I love Taiko
drumming, for one thing, and pictures I have seen from much of the landscape are absolutely inspiring. I keep telling G than one of my ambitions is to visit Japan when I go on my much anticipated world trip (to be made possible by my wild successes with my various projects). From what I have read about Japanese culture I will probably stand out quite a bit in the streets as a typical foreigner and readily identifiable tourist and that is ok with me. The only other country I am as interested in is Ireland and my time there was amazing!
In that vein, I came across this nifty website that shows you what your name looks like in Japanese. Here is my name in Japanese:
It is pronounced "POORU". (Consonants are pronounced more or less the same way as in English. "U" sounds like oo in hook, but with less rounding of the lips. "O" sounds like o in old. Double vowels like "OO" are held for twice the duration of single vowels.)
Thanks to Michael for this link.