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Posted by Patrick K on July 7, 2017

On July 7, 2012, Oh My Japan was opened to the public. We chose the date of Tanabata because of its significance as a Japanese holiday about the connections between people (Wikipedia entry on Tanabata).

Five years ago, we started with just one member; today, more than 46,000 people have joined the site, and nearly half a million messages have been exchanged. Take a look at how our membership has changed over time.

Posted by Patrick K on January 13, 2017

As of 2017, phone number verification (or a paid membership) is now required to send messages. This change was made because there were several people who were attempting to create multiple accounts to send lots of messages for free.

While Oh My Japan is happy to offer a free membership that allows messages to be sent, we do need to sell a premium membership to pay for the costs of running this site. As a result, we enforce a "one person, one account" rule.

Requiring free members to register their mobile phone numbers via text message is one way to do this.

Posted by Patrick K on September 25, 2016

Oh My Japan now allows members to register their mobile phone numbers to their accounts to verify their identity and to confirm the country where they live.

Add your mobile phone number to your account to appear higher in the search results and get a "Phone number verified" badge on your profile.

In the search results, members with verified phone numbers are shown in green.

Posted by Patrick K on August 4, 2016

As of today, Oh My Japan can now be used to search for a native Japanese tour guide in Japan.

Hundreds of tour guides, including both professionals and volunteers, have registered to help make your trip to Japan extra special.

You can also search for Couchsurfing and AirBNB hosts.

And if you want, you can even register to be a tour guide yourself! Japanese people who visit your hometown will appreciate your hospitality.

Posted by Patrick K on July 7, 2016

On July 7, 2012, Oh My Japan was opened to the public. We chose the date of Tanabata because of its significance as a Japanese holiday about the connections between people (Wikipedia entry on Tanabata).

We grew from one member to more than 30,000 in just 4 years, and OMJ members have exchanged more than a quarter million messages.

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