Yona & Daniel
Match #: 323&324
Yeshuat Hashem keheref ayin, indeed.
One thing that made it all very easy is that we have basically the same friends, so we could reference-check each other very easily.Indeed, it is surprising that we had not met previously- and very lucky, because we met in the right kind of context, when we were both available and both searching for the same thing.
Things moved very quickly- when it works it works. By the second meeting we both knew that this would work, and by the third time we were already 'unofficially' engaged, although the vort and the official shidduch was only on Sunday (the day before yesterday). We have known each other for a little over a month.
We are getting married Beezrat Hashem in the Beit Chabad in Tokyo on the 14th of Shvat, in what may be the first Jewish wedding in Japan since the Second World War (so 100% intermarriage becomes 99.xx% intermarriage in this country, which improves the statistics somewhat).
His profile was okay with me but honestly I hesitated to write to him. It was a little bit scary for me to write to somebody whom I didn't know at all. So I didn't it that night.
The following day, I called my Japanese Jewish friend to talk about what I had found on the site. I described him as far as I remember. What a small world we live in! She had had a Shiduch with him half an year ago.
Yona and Daniel, JWed Match #162, were married 14th of Shvat 5765, 24th January 2005.
Almost 3 years ago, I moved from Israel to Japan to study Mathematical Physics here. I knew that I would be in Japan for a long time, and I knew that there are virtually no Jews living here, so I tried to go on as many shidduchim as possible when I was still in Israel, but nothing worked out.
In Japan, JWed was basically my only shidduch option, and my idea was to find a frum single somewhere in the world, and if things looked promising enough to fly out to meet her.
Yona Chava (Yuuko), a Japanese giyoret who was living in Jerusalem, was having little luck finding her Beshert, and her flatmate talked her into joining JWed. The first action they did upon signing up, just for fun, was to search for singles in Japan.
I was the only name which popped up, and Yuuko found my profile interesting!
She told a Japanese friend of hers about me, and her friend knew me (since I know most of the tiny Japanese community of Jerusalem) and said that I was OK, and so she decided to write to me right away, a few hours after having joined the site. We hit it off very quickly over the internet, and when she came back a few weeks later for what was to be a brief visit to Japan to see her parents, it became obvious quite quickly that... Bingo, this was it.
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