“The first Japanese to go on the Hajj was Kotaro Yamaoka. He converted to Islam in 1909 in Bombay, after coming into contact with Russian-born writer, Abdürreşid İbrahim, whereupon he took the name Omar Yamaoka. Both were traveling with the support of nationalistic Japanese groups like the Black Dragon Society (Kokuryūkai), Yamaoka in fact had been with the intelligence service in Manchuria since the Russo-Japanese war. His official reason for travelling was to seek the Sultan’s approval for building a mosque in Tokyo (completed 1938). This approval, granted 1910, was necessary as Abdülhamid II considered himself, as Khalifah and Ameerul Mu’mineen (the leader of all Muslims)”
The Black Dragon scares me. Still it’s kinda cool to think of the place we visited as somewhat liked back. Guess all cities have charming historical spots. Just a matter on getting your shoes ON and checking them out.
El sábado visitamos la mezquita de Tokyo. A un paso de Harajuku (muy cerca de la estación de Yoyogi Uehara) es un edificio que reluce al sol. No es histórico especialmente, pero impresiona con sus blancos muros y sus detalles que recuerdan a las vacaciones del verano pasado.