Japan has only few dozen mosques to cater the small Muslim population but now Japan has unveiled mobile mosques to facilitate the thousands of Muslim visitors in 2020 Olympics.
The mosque on wheels can accommodate at least 50 people. It is equipped with water basin, prayer mats and air conditioner which will serve as prayer halls for Muslims during different sports complex in Olympics.
The mosque built on truck was unveiled recently, during the event a group of Muslims performed prayers in the 22 tonne mobile truck.
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These mobile mosques are designed by a Japanese firm Yasu which revolves around the concept of Japanese hospitality ‘omotenashi’.
Japan is aiming to attract Muslim tourists from neighboring countries such as Malaysia, Indonesia and Arab countries during the 2020 Olympics. Previously Japanese municipalities also initiated plans to promote Muslim friendly tourism in Honshu Island.
Japan is also home to a Muslim population of around 100,000-200,000.