Muslims worship at a Friday prayer session held at the Islamic Culture Exchange Center in Japan in the Higashi-Gotanda district of Tokyo’s Shinagawa Ward on Sept. 9. (Yukari Takahashi)
The latest mosque to open in Tokyo is rolling out the welcome mat, with a particular emphasis on Japanese who want to learn about the Islamic faith and the culture and languages of Muslim people.
Located in the Higashi-Gotanda district of Shinagawa Ward, the Islamic Culture Exchange Center in Japan was founded by the Japan Muslim Association, the nation’s largest organization run by Japanese Muslims.
“I hope this center will be a place where Muslims and non-Muslims can deepen their understating of each other,” said 73-year-old Kimiaki Tokumasu, the president of the association, which was established in 1952.