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Hostels in Tokyo that Aren’t Just Cheap

  We have many budget hostels and guesthouses in Tokyo like never before. Many of them are modern and stylish. They go beyond what you would expect from the hostels in general. At least they offer more than the cheap prices and bunk beds/futons. One of the reasons those new hostels are popping up one after another is the issue of serious accommodation shortage Tokyo is facing. Although the Japanese government has raised its target for the number of annual foreign tourists, Tokyo doesn’t yet have enough hotels to accommodate them. While the government is taking years to discuss the guidelines for home sharing, airbnb and such, that will serve as alternatives to… Read more »

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Muslim Amy’s Travel Log Japan (Part 3)

In this last part of “Amy’s Travel Log” she will share the itinerary of this trip in detail. I found it interesting to see other people’s travel itinerary. It can help you sort out your own. 

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Muslim Amy’s Travel Log Japan (Part 2)

In part 2 of “Amy’s Travel Log,” she will share her and her cousins’ favorite Japanese foods, shopping and souvenirs places and sightseeing spots. Reviewing the food they liked, I’m surprised how these familiar Japanese food were already halal.

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Muslim Amy’s Travel Log Japan (Part 1)

Our first travel log! In “Amy’s Travel Log,” my muslim friend Amy who lives in Japan and speaks fluent Japanese(!) will share her experience of the 2 weeks holiday in Japan with her cousins.

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A Happy New Year!!

A Happy New Year!! This is what my mom prepared this morning as osechi, the traditional Japanese New Year’s foods. Each dish has a meaning and they’re all symbolizing good luck. Originally, these foods were made before the new year as women didn’t cook in the new year. The foods are made to last for days so they are salty or sweet. My mom didn’t make everything, she buys some and she makes some. The kuromame is always from my grandma and I love it! Below are explanations of some of the dishes I found in Wikipedia! (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osechi) Datemaki (伊達巻 or 伊達巻き), sweet rolled omelette mixed with fish paste or mashed shrimp…. Read more »

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Hello Kitty Run 2014

Mochi Mochi Japan is proud to announce that we have completed the Hello Kitty Run yesterday! We ran 42.195km relay in 3 hours 57 minutes and 3 seconds!! We were the 60th but it’s really not bad because we were a group of only 3 runners, 2 females and 1 male, whereas other groups had more than 5 runners. Our goal was to run the whole distance within 4 hours and 30 minutes, which was the time limit, and we reached the goal within less than 4 hours! DJ Kitty was so entertaining and the whole event was a bit more special than other running events. The air in the suburb of… Read more »

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“Muslim Friendly” and “Local Halal Certificate”

As you can imagine, it’s not easy to manage a halal restaurant or make halal products in a non-muslim country, Japan. Since operating a completely halal restaurant like in a muslim country is difficult in Japan, there are local standard for halal restaurants. Here, I will introduce “muslim friendly standard” by NPO Nippon Asia Halal Association and “local halal certification” by Malaysia Halal Corporation.  Muslim Friendly Standard – Ingredients: All must be halal. – Plates and utensils: There must be plates and utensils only for halal food. – Workers: 1, There must be workers who handle only halal items but others can handle non-halal items. 2, It’s not necessary to… Read more »

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“Halal” and “Muslim Friendly”

A lot of Japanese who are still unfamiliar with the word “halal” might think “muslim friendly” means the same as “halal”, but it’s not, and I too wasn’t careful enough in using the term “halal”. Recently I revised the titles of my old posts about restaurants from “Halal Restaurant” to “Muslim Friendly Restaurant”. I did so after I showed this blog to a muslim lady I got to know from the halal business course. She told me that I shouldn’t use the term “halal” if the restaurant serves alcohol even if all the menu is halal. I thought it was ok to introduce a restaurant as a “halal restaurant” as… Read more »

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2-Day Halal Business Course by Halal Japan Business Association

  I decided to go to a 2-day halal business course and learn what is “halal” in global and general terms before starting this blog.  I’ve had a basic knowledge about Islam from living and working in Islamic country and mingling with muslim friends but when it comes to “halal” or “halal food,” I was always confused. Why is there halal butter and non-halal butter when butter doesn’t contain meat? Can I share my glass with a muslim friend which is washed with soap but might have been used as a beer glass in the past…? Is hand sanitizers containing alcohol haram…? and such. It seemed to me that everyone… Read more »