Beauty is an eternal theme for women in the East and West alike. Of course it is no different for Muslim women, or Muslimahs. For centuries, Muslimahs have pursued their own kind of beauty by hiding rather than emphasizing their bodies. In Tokyo, the center of Asian culture that has always created new trends, Japan’s first ever Muslimah Fashion Show will take place this autumn.
Like elsewhere around the world, Muslim fashion is a very topical issue in Japan.
Earlier this year we reported on UNIQLO’s partnership with Hana Tajima, the British-Japanese "and Muslim" designer who is reinventing the hijab.
There is something like 100,000 Muslims in Japan and new mosques are being built to meet demand, such as Bait-ul-Ahad Mosque near Nagoya, which is Japan’s largest mosque with a capacity for 500 worshipers.
The first mosque in Japan, the Kobe Mosque, opened in October 1935 and remains active. The Tokyo Camii, located in a well-to-do district of Shibuya, has a Turkish culture center attached and runs tours for visitors.
The recent surge in tourist numbers has seen many people from Muslim nations visiting Japan, leading to an increase in the availability of Halal Meat and Facilities such as Prayer Rooms in central areas.
The media is taking notice. NHK World recently broadcast a documentary about Muslims in Japan called Bridging Muslims and Japanese.