I'm mostly a self-learner, i have never learned anything from taking courses or educational institutions. But instead, i have always managed to figure out "how to learn things" by either asking or researching and then i do the rest on my own.
From what i have read so far about learning japanese, i figured it would be a bad idea to waste time learning things too early or too late or even learn things that i don't understand quite right.
So, my actual question is,
What exactly is japanese? Was it originated from another language? What does it consist of, entirely?
What is kana? I know it is a modern thing which means that you can learn the language without it, right! So why should i do learn it? What are other forms like it? And what are they used for?