Islam in Japan

Islam in Japan tends to be thought of as a distant, alien culture with little connection to the lives of ordinary people. But in fact there are a surprising number of spots in Japan that are full of the atmosphere of Islamic culture, and many people ready to talk of its attractions and appeal. Join us on a trip into the little-known world of Islam in Japan.

Ramadan in Japan: A Day in the Life of a Muslim Businessman

Ramadan this year fell during the summer, when the days are longest. For Muslims in Japan, this meant fasting for more than 16 hours a day, a special challenge in Japan's corporate culture. In this close-up of a day in the life of a Muslim businessman, we see how he and his employer are meeting such challenges.
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Observing Ramadan in Japan

Ramadan is an important time for Muslims, but the religious custom is relatively unknown in Japan. While Muslims in Japan may find it challenging to observe the month of fasting, it can also offer a chance to deepen community ties.
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(Video) Friday Prayers at Tokyo Camii Mosque

Japan’s biggest mosque, Tokyo Camii in Yoyogi Uehara can accommodate up to 1,200 worshipers at a time. Friday afternoon prayers attract the biggest congregations. This video captures some of the hushed atmosphere of reverence that descends on the mosque at prayer times.
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Tokyo Camii: Japan’s Biggest Mosque

There are around 80 mosques in Japan, many of them relatively small. The country’s biggest place of Islamic worship is Tokyo Camii, which has space for around 1,200 worshipers. Come with us as we pay a visit to this magnificent Ottoman-style mosque in the heart of the Japanese capital.
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The Japanese Teacher of Islam

Most of Japan’s relatively small Muslim population is foreign-born. This has led to misunderstandings regarding Islam. Shimoyama Shigeru, a Japanese man who converted to Islam after encountering the religion during his travels in Sudan, has devoted his life to fostering a better understanding of the religion in his home country.
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