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7 years of Oh My Japan

Written by Patrick K
Last updated: July 6, 2019

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).

Seven years ago, we started with just one member; today, more than 66,000 people have joined the site, and more than half a million messages have been exchanged. Take a look at how our membership has changed over time.

YearMembersMessages sent

Oh My Japan's advantage is that it offers both language exchange and dating, together OR separate-- you decide what you are looking for, and the search options reflect your choice.

Also, Oh My Japan feels more like writing a letter than chatting-- first messages must be a certain length, and we have strict measures in place to block copy-and-paste and spam messages. This makes the 580,000 messages exchanged even more impressive.

Thank you for choosing Oh My Japan, and please let us know if you have any suggestions.

About the Author


Patrick is the Director of R&D at Oh My Japan. He hopes to make OMJ the best site on the Internet for English and Japanese speakers to connect with one another.

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