I started collecting manga (and retro video games) when I first went to Japan on my own as an exchange student. However, it was only about 10 years later that I actually sat down and read the manga's (and played the video games; not just tested them to see if they worked). I had set out to learn Japanese language and culture, because I was very much into Japanese pop culture. But during that time when I was learning, I hardly had time left to enjoy the things which got me learning in the first place. While what urged me to go back and enjoy the manga and the video games is another story for another time, One Piece is one of the manga's that I returned to reading after that more or less 10 year period of serious learning.