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Posted by Patrick K on July 7, 2015

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)](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tanabata).

We started with a single member, and today, three years later, we have more than 14,000.

Even more impressive, OMJ members have exchanged more than 150,000 messages.

Posted by Patrick K on June 15, 2015

Oh My Japan is proud to announce that we have completely upgraded our member search system. This is one of the largest updates we have ever made to the site.

When you conduct a member search, you will now see:

* Each member’s reply rate
* Each member’s number of unread messages
* Bigger member pictures
* Longer self introductions
* How many members meet each criterion when filtering search results

In addition, unlike before, you can now combine multiple types of search:

Posted by Patrick K on May 31, 2015
Because most members take a lot of time to write thoughtful first messages on Oh My Japan, we encourage members to read and reply to as many messages as possible. To make reading and replying even more convenient, we have added two new ways to check your messages: the “unread messages” list and the “messages you have not replied to” list. Both of these lists can be accessed from the Messages page.

Why read and reply to messages?

Posted by Patrick K on May 13, 2015
Oh My Japan staff always put our members’ safety first, but scammers target every social site on the Internet, including Oh My Japan. On the Internet, there are a variety of types of romance scams carried out by scammers. Most of these involve attempting to trick good-hearted people into sending them money. This is a problem faced by all social sites on the Internet-- Facebook, Mixi, online dating sites, and others.
Posted by Patrick K on May 2, 2015
From April 29 until May 6, Japan is celebrating Golden Week, a series of four national holidays (Showa Day, Constitution Day, Greenery Day, and Children's Day). The week is called "Golden Week" because in the 1950s, more people went to the movies during this period than any other time of the year, leading to a "golden" stretch of ticket sales. During this week, many Japanese are able to take some time off work to spend with their families and friends.
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