... Very excited to hear you're at level to practice Hiragana and Kanji. Think I'll start looking/practicing Kanji this spring. Will be starting from scratch so Hiragana maybe needed as well. But I'm always reading somewhere how Americans are interested in learning how to speak the language but not write. And that learning Kanji could actually help non-natives speak better.
If I'm going to do it, I'm going to sacrifice and study it all.
Do it man! I have to say that learning Japanese is far, far more fun than any of the Indo-Eurpoean languages I have studied (or tried to ) during my life. Because it is so totally different from English you really have to start tabula rasa which in a way makes things easier ... sort of.
To segue from Japan back to pens, with a tangent off to the tea thread, here's what I have been using to keep my pens from rolling away off my desk.
Cherry wood tea scoops ( 茶さじ) work great as pen cradles.