Tokyo Camii: A Multicultural Haven for Friday Prayers At The Tokyo Mosque


Noor Aishah Karim •  Jun 23, 2023

Firdaus, an avid traveller and devout Muslim, recently travelled to Tokyo! He also found a place to perform his Friday prayers. Through meticulous research, he discovered Tokyo Camii, Tokyo's largest mosque, which promised an unforgettable experience. Little did he know that this visit would offer a unique blend of cultural diversity and architectural splendour, leaving a lasting impact on him.

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As Firdaus entered Tokyo Camii for Friday prayers, he was immediately struck by the vibrant mix of nationalities present. He marvelled at the sight of individuals from Pakistan, Indonesia, the United States, and various Middle Eastern nations, all congregating under one roof. This diverse gathering created an ambience that fostered unity and respect for different cultures, reminding Firdaus of the universal nature of Islam.

"The ambience at Tokyo Camii's Friday prayers is something I value. Since I may observe individuals from all over the world, such as those from Pakistan, Indonesia, the US, and Middle Eastern nations," Firdaus remarked.

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A Glimpse of Ottoman Style:

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Stepping inside Tokyo Camii, Firdaus was immediately transported to the grandeur of the Ottoman Empire. The mosque's interior design, reminiscent of the iconic Ottoman-style mosques, filled him with awe and reverence. The fusion of traditional Ottoman-Turkish elements with modern architectural features created a unique atmosphere reminiscent of his experiences in Turkey.

"Praying in Tokyo's largest mosque is an unforgettable feeling. It brings back the memories of me being in Turkey because that structure inside is designed similar to the Ottoman Style Mosque," Firdaus reflected.

Preservation of Tradition:

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What set Tokyo Camii apart from other mosques in Tokyo is its unwavering commitment to preserving the Ottoman-Turkish architectural tradition. Firdaus appreciated that the mosque retained the essence of the Ottoman style while incorporating elements of modern architecture. This harmonious blend of tradition and innovation added a distinct charm to the mosque.

"The unique feature or aspects in Tokyo for this mosque is that they still maintained the tradition in Ottoman-Turkish style, which also has the characteristics of modern architecture," Firdaus pointed out.

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Multilingual Sermons:

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During the Friday Khutbah (sermon), Firdaus was impressed by the mosque's inclusive approach. The imam delivered the sermon in multiple languages, including English, Turkish, and Japanese, ensuring that people from different linguistic backgrounds could benefit from the message. To further facilitate understanding, the mosque provided summaries or translations of the sermon to the congregants.

"They spoke English, Turkish, and Japanese at their Friday Khutbah. They also distribute a summary or translation to Jemaah," Firdaus shared.

An Enlightening Experience:

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After the Friday Khutbah, Firdaus embarked on a free tour offered by Tokyo Camii. This tour provided a serene and peaceful atmosphere, allowing him to reflect and find solace despite the vibrant surroundings. He also discovered that Tokyo Camii welcomes non-Muslim visitors, fostering an environment of openness and interfaith dialogue.

"The experience seemed so unbelievable at the time. After the Friday Khutbah, I go on a free tour where you can find calm and peace of mind despite the vibrant surroundings. Everyone is welcome to visit this mosque, including non-Muslims," Firdaus recounted.

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