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.
On this site, people have made great friends, found serious boyfriends and girlfriends, and met great teachers. I often hear this is a site unlike any other because of the sincerity of our members.
Most of our non-Japanese members are very serious about studying the Japanese language, and our Japanese members are eager to learn English and other languages. This is one reason I believe OMJ is the best social network for people interested in Japanese to meet new people.
Today, on Oh My Japan's fourth birthday, I am happy to announce a full redesign of the site to make it work better on mobile phones and tablets. The new design is also easier to use.
We will continue to improve OMJ this coming year, and we welcome your suggestions.