How the Japanese relate to Islam?
A student from the capital of the Country of the Rising Sun hashiyama of Utah for several years studying our language, folklore, life and customs. Our dialogue touches on a religious theme: How the Japanese relate to Islam? Does Japan Muslims whether a mosque? Who erected the first mosque in Tokyo?
Utah, are there many Muslims in the capital of Japan?
According to my observations, in Tokyo, all in Japan, a little Muslims. But with Islam there are a number of quite interesting facts. Your religion on the island for the first time brought the Tatars who immigrated to our country during the revolution. A group of Tatars at that period settled in Tokyo and established his non-profit organization. In 1938 they shared the efforts of the building of the first mosque. In the fifties many of your tribesmen had moved to other countries. Since the building of the mosque was severely dilapidated, in 1985 it had to be dismantled, and 2000, with the assistance of Turkey new building was erected the mosque. Currently, all Muslims living in Tokyo, we gather for worship in this beautiful building.
Tell me, please, what is the attitude of Your countrymen towards Muslims?
The Japanese attitude towards Muslims is normal. I studied Islam, and therefore against the Muslims I have no complexes. However, most Japanese people, I think, hold the view that Islam is a dangerous phenomenon. Because Japanese media are prevalent themes so-called “Islamic terrorism”. In my opinion, Japanese people should look objectively at Islam, to understand his humanistic ideas and to revise their views in relation to it.
Representatives of any Nations, except the Turks, pray at the Tokyo mosque?
According to information gleaned from the official website of the mosque, pray for the citizens of Pakistan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Bangladesh, Japan, Middle Asia and Africa. Here they all are in business trips or tourist trips.
We heard that in Japan not taught Arabic, is this true?
No, that’s wrong. Two universities in Japan, there are departments for the study of the Arabic language. In addition, I am aware that some College students are studying this language. We even have a cycle of telecasts on the study of the Arabic language.
How the Japanese keep their spiritual traditions, language, culture, religion?
In this area is not so clear. Fortunately, many of the traditions remain, however, are irretrievably lost. Recently very popular is our national wrestling – sumo. On TV channels with live-streamed competitions. In Japan very popular productions of such theatres as “Kabuki”, “But”, “Kegen”. Great admirers of this art form are the older generation. We have in different regions of the country still preserved by tradition the conduct of local festivals. And the most famous of them, which is held annually in July in the historic capital of Japan – the city of Keto. However, after the Second world war, although the country experienced an economic boom, there was the Europeanization of many aspects of life Japan, which I think were lost many traditional folk customs. For example, we wear our national costume – kimono. It can be seen only during festivals. Many dishes menu everyday of the Japanese came also from Europe. Not accidentally, the number of Japanese people who prefer bread instead of rice, much more.
What is the attitude of young people towards religion?
Not only young people, but most Japanese people do not think about religion. The majority of my countrymen are adherents of Buddhism and Shinto. However, about the religion they remember only during the wedding ceremony, religious festivities and during the funeral.
There is a perception that Japan, unlike other countries, a closed country. If the Japanese “stew in their own juice” and thereby protect themselves against penetration of alien ideology.
It is well known that our country is an island nation which for over two centuries (1639-1854) was isolated from the others. That is why, I believe, compared with other countries, Japan was ideologically isolated. Today you can hear from some politicians that this “closeness” is present in the economy. The Japanese company produced for domestic consumers special products. For example, in the Galapagos Islands in the ocean kept various exotic animals, so some evil tongues began to say that the process of “gelological” of Japan. In order to trade successfully in different parts of the world, Japanese companies employ young people who perfectly speak foreign languages. However, decreasing every year the number of young Japanese who dared to leave their homes for the purpose of studying abroad. That is why the young Japanese and called “closed”.