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Posted by Patrick K on October 2, 2014

Oh My Japan is happy to announce that emoji (😊) can now be used in messages.

Emoji are an important part of Japanese culture (the word "Emoji" is after all Japanese) and Oh My Japan is now able to support their use in messages and profile text.

Starting immediately, you can simply use your device's keyboard to input any emoji supported by your system and it should appear properly on Oh My Japan. Emoji input is available as standard on iOS (iPhone, iPad, and iPod) and Windows Phone.

Posted by Patrick K on July 7, 2014

Tanabata (July 7) 2014 marks the two-year anniversary of Oh My Japan. 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).

As part of the celebration, Oh My Japan is allowing all members who have completed their profiles to send messages to two new people per day until July 14 (normally, members can only send messages to two new people per week unless they have a paid account).

Posted by Patrick K on July 6, 2014

Today I’m happy to announce that you can now select how many people to see per page on the search results screen.

Previously, you could see only 8 members per page; as of today, you can choose to show 8, 16, 32, or 64 members at once.

The previous scrolling mechanism had issues on some devices that caused the “back” button not to work properly. These problems are resolved in the new system.

Please let me know if you have any additional ideas for Oh My Japan!

Posted by Patrick K on June 22, 2014
Today I’m happy to announce the release of the feature most commonly requested by Oh My Japan members-- a way to filter searches for members living nearby. Now, when you go to the search page, simply click the link for “Find members near me” to display the members living closest to you. This feature is experimental, so inaccurate results may occasionally be displayed. If you have any problems, please contact us.
Posted by Patrick K on April 29, 2014

From April 29 until May 5, 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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