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).
Six years ago, we started with just one member; today, more than 57,000 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.
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 520,000 messages exchanged even more impressive.
Thank you for choosing Oh My Japan, and please let us know if you have any suggestions.