A community for single Japanese people seeking friendship, dating and marriage. JapanCupid has around 90,000 members. Guest access (free) allows searching, sending emails and sending notification of interest. Full access, including the ability to read emails requires a monthly subscription; prices start at $29.99 per month for an upgrade to Gold.
Despite the name, JapanCupid isn't limited to people of Japanese background, though of course many are. It also attracts those who want to meet some who is Japanese - most are seeking serious relationships (marriage or a long-term commitment), but some are there just looking for pen pals and friends.
The community is for the most part open and friendly, and strict site moderation ensures things remain safe. JapanCupid has a global reach with individuals from many countries in Asia and Europe as well as Japanese people living outside of their home country.
Standard memberships with limited email access are also free; however, it is possible to upgrade to Gold or Platinum memberships at any time, giving access to options such as video profiles, chat, instant messaging and even a text messaging option. Platinum and Gold users also have the option to add a personality profile and search for others based on their interests.
Those with a guest account will soon find that while they can send emails without limit, they will be unable to read email from other non-paying members. Full communication requires that either party holds a paid membership.
The site is open to all peoples regardless of nationality, race or culture. It not only offers its members dating and pen pal relationships but the chance for cultural expansion with others who are looking to take part in a language exchange. For those who do not speak English, a Japanese and Korean language option is available.
JapanCupid has an ample pool of around 90,000 active users; the site is both safe and easy to use, as well as being fun and engaging. On the down side it does have a high proportion of male vs. female members, which means response rates for men can be disappointing.
CupidMedia sites, of which JapanCupid is one, have a clear pricing policy and don't apply automatic re-billing. On expiry, you will need to re-activate your membership.
By Tara Miller