My interest in Japanese culture started when I was young. My brothers got into videogames and eventually anime so I got as well. I watched a bunch of anime and instantly fell for the Japanese language (although, of course, anime Japanese is not the same as real life Japanese). So then, when I was about 13 or 14 I started learning the language with "Japanisch in 30 Tagen" (all books are mentioned for information not for advertising) but I only made it to the 13th chapter (of 30). I stopped learning, because I thought I would not be able to go to Japan with out redoing a school year when I would've gotten back to Germany. And I didn't want to lose my friends or be longer in school than I needed.
So in summer vacation between grade 11 and 12 I again looked for exchange organizations and was thrilled when I found several (I think it was 2 in the end) that offered student exchanges for people that have graduated as "Abiturienten" (the Abitur is the graduation at the highest secondary school in Germany). So I made up my mind that I still had a chance to experience Japan as a real senior high student. I also applied for a (partial) scholarship, since my Mum wouldn't have been able to pay the exchange. And when I got one I was so happy :D
I somehow managed studying Japanese and performing well at school and prepare for the final exams.
THE REASON I WANT TO GO TO JAPAN is that ... actually I don't have exact reasons. It's rather several small thoughts that developed in my head: