On this LiveJournal site you can post some Japanese text and ask for corrections, suggestions, etc. Or use it to post a grammar/vocabulary question. I haven’t used it much, but a quick check looked like postings do indeed get quite a few responses so give it a try.
A Yahoo! Groups group for those interested in Japan and the Japanese language.
Meet online Japanese friends from Tokyo and around the world.
This site coordinates monthly (sometimes 2x a month) parties for people who want to make new friends in Tokyo (typically Shibuya).
Editor’s Note: I have never attended one of these events so I can’t attest to their value.
Crisscross is a way to find international friends. It’s totally free to make a profile, upload your photos, make a list of friends and share your goals and favorites. You will receive your own private mailbox and can contact anyone on the system for free. There are no sign-up fees. No pay-to-contact fees. No hidden charges.
This section of the e-Japanese site allows you to search for language exchange partners.
The Mixxer is a free educational site for language learners and teachers to find a language partner for a language exchange. The language partner is someone who speaks the language you study as their native language and is studying your native language. The partners then meet online to help each other practice and learn a foreign language.
“This is the first site to actually host online language exchange practice, thus allowing you to find exchange partners from all over the world instead of only where you live.
We host your online language exchange by providing voice chat rooms, an online dictionary, proven lesson plans from a teacher specializing in language exchange practice and your own notepad to record new words and expressions.”
NOTE: … [ Read more ]
“You can use JapaneseLearning.com Friends to meet new international friends, find pen-pals and language learning partners, or meet your ideal match!
We’re the only service that will match you in THREE different ways, according to your Language Exchange, Dating, and Travel preferences”
This penpal/friendship forum specializes in contacts between Japanese and non Japanese people of any age for friendship, inter-cultural communication, language exchange, etc. A free japan-guide.com membership is required for participation.
Site for finding Japanese housemates in Tokyo and Kansai. Also offers listing of language exchange mates.
“Your Conversational Language Learning Resource Center and Community”
– Live Webcam Audio/Video Chatroom – Meet language exchange partners and friends in this live webcam based audio/video and textual virtual classroom.
– Language Exchange Pen-Pals – Community of people from around the world interested in teaching their language and sharing their culture with you.
– Online Phrasebook – Internet’s largest database of common, useful, … [ Read more ]
Find some a penpal, snail pal, language exchange partner, etc.
Meetup is an online service that allows people with similar interests to find each other and “meetup” to share those interests. This is the Japanese language page. Use it to find others interested in studying and practicing Japanese in your town.