I studied abroad in Tokyo during my Spring Semester of 2013, and right away I realized how little I knew about Japan. The alphabets themselves (yes, alphabets -- hiragana, katakana, and kanji) were unreadable. To me, these weren't posters and signs, they were just forms.
Asian design wasn't something I was familiar with at all, and it took a trip there for me to finally understand that and open myself up to it. I found a few examples of Japanese typography to share, hopefully it will inspire some research of your own!