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More than one thousand new Japanese CSers has joined since Feburaly 15th.
Posted February 17th, 2011 - 9:29 pm by from Gifu, Japan (Permalink)
Around one hundred new ones usually join CS per week in Japan. I've checked out Couch Search and found a big increase, because Yahoo!Japan , one of the major portal web sites in Japan, wrote up about Couchsurfing. I have sent a welcome message to some of them in Gifu and a few of them thankfully joined the Gifu group. It looks like booming in Japan. I know it has been hard to find a host in Japan, especially big cities. I hope it will be much easier to find one in the future.

Happy surfing in Japan!

Posted February 18th, 2011 - 1:42 am by from Kure, Japan (Permalink)
This is good news for sure.

I usually send welcome messages to anyone who joins the Hiroshima CS group, and I've noticed a lot of native Japanese folks joining recently.

The problem is that a lot of these folks have very minimal profiles-- often not even containing a photo. Of course, a lot of these CSers are interested because they want to practice their foreign language skills, so many people are trying their best to make their profiles completely in English without using much Japanese at all, so there is often not very much information.

My personal opinion is that Japanese CSers should include more information on their profiles even if they have to do so using more than one language. I mean, this is normal for other users, who, for example have information on their profiles in both English and Spanish.

My question is this: is there a Japanese language guide for creating CS profiles? If not, shouldn't we make one?

I really want to use this boost of energy from new Japanese users to help our community in Hiroshima grow stronger, but it's difficult to know where to begin because so many of these new users only have the BARE MINIMUM of profiles.

Thanks for posting this info,
fish

Posted February 18th, 2011 - 2:11 am from Musashino, Japan
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Posted February 18th, 2011 - 2:24 am by from Kure, Japan (Permalink)
Thanks for the links, Eric. I haven't been following the Japanese Language Info Group for a while, but I'll check out some of those discussions.

I have noticed that a lot of the discussion and events discussed are centered around either Tokyo or Osaka-Kyoto ares, which is expected and fine BUT, that's not to say that there isn't activity elsewhere, in other groups.

I think the tendency for folks just starting out is to join a group specific to some city or region closest to where they live, or maybe even their hometown. When this happens, it's really important for group admins to reach out and at least offer links to Japanese language resources already available. I'm going to start doing that I think for those folks who join the Hiroshima group who list Japanese as a primary language. That's a start at least for the distribution issue.

I really do think it's important to harness some of the initial energy that individuals put into exploring the site and getting familiar with the CS idea, and channel it towards creating good profiles. That's something that I think the guide would help with a lot, particularly if ambassadors and group admins can get that info out to people right off the bat.

Posted February 18th, 2011 - 4:56 am by from Sapporo, Japan (Permalink)
Interesting posts, guys.
Nice to see the community growing.

Almost all the new members joining the Sapporo and Hokkaido groups are people from outside Japan who will be coming here to visit. I used to welcome new members, but since most of them are just passing through, I no longer take the time to do that. Even though most of the Sapporo non-Japanese members speak decent Japanese, there are very few Japanese members up here, and virtually no Japanese hosts.

It would be great to have more local Japanese involved. There were two Japanese among the dozen who came to last week's Sapporo Snow Festival Couchsurfing party. Maybe more guidelines in Japanese would help.

For example, I always get asked by potential Japanese members, "What do I have to do?" The answer is, nothing really, other than creating a profile and not charging your guests. As a host, you pretty much define your committement.

Posted February 20th, 2011 - 10:21 pm by from Gifu, Japan (Permalink)
The posts you guys wrote here are very helpful to think what I do next. CS日本語情報交換グループ will be added to welcome messages.
I think some of new members will disapper and some will be active members. All I can do is to give them my experience and suggetions. I do not say YOU shoud do or YOU must do.
Thank you.

Posted February 22nd, 2011 - 10:38 am by from Gifu, Japan (Permalink)
Shogo san has created a thread on how to make a good profile. We discuss it in Japanese. If you guys receive questions from new members, please tell them this thread.

http://www.couchsurfing.org/group_read.html?gid=16879&post=8050527

According to the statistics page, over 2000 new members has joined for only a week in Japan. It's a big rise.

JAPAN
Statistics Generated:February 9th, 2011 - 2:42
CouchSurfers:12,719
Statistics Generated:February 22nd, 2011 - 5:40
CouchSurfers:15,634

Posted February 23rd, 2011 - 1:32 am by from Kure, Japan (Permalink)
Wow! This is pretty amazing!

I'm going to contact all of the Japanese people who have joined the Hiroshima group who are new to CS this week, get ideas for an event, AND make sure everyone knows about the Japanese Language Info group and how to build up their profile and get started hosting and surfing. I encourage other Japan group admins to do the same.

We really need to answer this sudden jump in membership with good solid community support.

fish

Posted April 10th, 2011 - 2:12 pm from Tokyo, Japan
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