東京 ジャーミイ (Tokyo Jamii)

Tokyo Camii is a pretty mosque located a step West from Harajuku. The mosque was originally finished in 1938, but this is the reconstruction from 2000, it isn’t as historical as the Alhambra… But a pretty spot to visit a different side of this never ending amazingness.
Doing some wikipedia research, I found an interesting link with the first victory of Japan in the global scene (that considering 80000 casualties as some sort of gain):

“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.

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