Lauren In Tokyo

Monday, December 22, 2008

Muslims in Japan

I always supposed there were Muslims in Japan, but I never really gave it much thought. It's not like there are mosques everywhere. In fact, I can't say that I've ever seen a mosque here in Tokyo (at least one that I would immediately recognize as such).

But I was reminded that this is indeed a very diverse place the other day at a highway rest area. As we pulled in to the parking lot, I saw a guy stooped down next to his car. Probably just checking his tire pressure or something, I thought, until I saw him begin praying. He had his prayer carpet and everything.

I thought it was pretty interesting, and that was my drive-by cultural experience for Saturday.



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