Mobile Mosque Project Debut Ceremony Invitation (July 23 at Toyota Stadium)
Heartfelt Hospitality Toward Muslim Society
Debut of a “Mobile Mosque” featuring 48㎡ for Worship Space
50 Individuals Can Perform Salat (Worship) at Toyota Stadium
Mobile Mosque Project Debut Ceremony Invitation
Monday, July 23, 15:30
The mobile mosque project planning committee (http://mobile-mosque-pj.com/), has been developing portable mosques to show hospitality toward Muslims. As part of tourism infrastructure facilities for world sports events coming to Japan next year and in 2020, the committee has now completed a“mobile mosque.” This project was launched when it was highlighted that there was an insufficient number of mosques amidst advancing consideration toward diverse guests of various nationalities, cultures, and beliefs.
This mobile mosque was developed over the last four years. It is basically the modification of an already existing 25-ton heavy duty truck, with a widened trunk bed to establish a 48㎡ room where up to 50 people can worship at the same time. It is equipped with facilities such as a water basin for purifying and cleansing before worship and indicates Qibla (the direction of Kaaba at Mecca). It was originally designed to be a mosque for a large number of people and where formal worship is possible. Furthermore, by customizing the bed of this vehicle,it can be adapted for other various uses as well.
For its debut, we are holding a Mobile Mosque Project Commemorative Ceremony according to the outline below. At this commemorative event, invited media can of course view inside the vehicle. There will also be various features such as styles of worship and halal cuisine. Also, on the day, Muslims who were child victims of the tsunami in Indonesia are coming to Japan to thank Japanese society for its help during the disaster, and they will also participate in the ceremony.
We would greatly appreciate it if you could please come and cover this event.
For more information, please visit the English website (*page available from July 17th):
Contact information for mass media inquiries regarding the event:
Commemorative Ceremony Outline
Hosted by: Mobile Mosque Project Planning Committee
Sponsored by: Cabinet Office Intellectual Property Strategy Promotion Office
Office: YASU PROJECT Co., Ltd. (2F Shokin Bldg., 8-11-5 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Japan)
Event Date: Monday, July 23, 2018; 15:30-18:00（Registration opens at 14:30）
Schedule: 15:30- Mobile Mosque Debut Ceremony
Opening act Atsuko Watase (rugby support song “Daen-Zakura,” etc.)
15:45- Worship and silent prayer, Ms. Fuyoh Kobayashi “inori” (prayer) calligraphy
16:10- Host and VIP guest greetings
16:25- Explanation of project details, talk session with Mitsuhiro Kunisawa (car critic) and Takeshi
Yamasaki (former professional baseball player)
Viewing inside the vehicle
17:20- Reception (introducing Halal cuisine)
Venue: Toyota Stadium - West Event Square
7-2 Sengoku-cho, Toyota City, Aichi Prefecture, postal code 471-0016; Tel: 0565-87-5200
Muslims in Japan and the World
Now on the verge of the opening curtain for sports events drawing the attention of the world, we can say that the establishment of tourism infrastructures for visitors to Japan of various diverse nationalities, cultures, and beliefs is an urgent task in order to provide a fulfilling time during these events. Also, as we move forward with the construction of needed infrastructure such as athletic fields and accommodation facilities, one issue that has been raised is the consideration of Islam, or in other words, resolving the problem of an insufficient number of mosques.
Currently in the world, it is said that there are over 1.6 billion Muslims (practitioners of Islam). Just in Indonesia, which has the world’s highest Muslim population, 220 million people are Muslim, close to 90% of the country’s overall population of 250 million people. Furthermore, the majority of the world’s Muslims live in Asia, including large Muslim populations in countries such as Pakistan, Bangladesh, and India, but there are also over 40 million Muslims in Europe and over 20 million in China, showing that numbers are spreading around the world. Furthermore, it is said that there are currently 100,000-200,000 Muslims living in Japan. (From the Japan Halal Business Association data.)
《Access to the Venue》
※Nagoya Station⇔Venue: We will provide charter bus for the transfer between the station and the venue. Details will be provided at later date.