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Muslim Friendly Restaurant : Gyumon(牛門) @ Shibuya

Few weeks ago, I went to try halal yakiniku in Shibuya with my muslim friend Amy and her husband, and my sister. Gyumon is certified by Malaysia Halal Corporation as a local halal restaurant (I will write about this “local halal certification” next time…). They serve both halal and non-halal meat, and they serve alcohol too. However, everything is separated between halal and non-halal; they have a halal kitchen, halal tableware and grills.

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Muslim Friendly Kyoto

Muslim Friendly Kyoto Kyoto prefecture has their own Kyoto Travel Guide for muslims! The website is in English, Arabic, Turkish and Bahasa Melayu! They have separated restaurants into 4 categories: halal, muslim friendly, muslim welcome, and pork-free. 京都府の外国人観光客向けのウェブサイトにムスリム用のページがありました。レストランも4つにカテゴライズ(halal, muslim friendly, muslim welcome, pork-free)されていて、これなら利用する側にとっても安心です。私もこのカテゴリー分けを参考にしたいと思います。

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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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Isetan Online Shop now has a halal food section!

Isetan is a department store known for their high quality selection of products. They now have a halal food section in their online shop! Just browsed the items and the Wagyu roasted beef looks pretty good!! http://isetan.mistore.jp/onlinestore/foods/halal/index.html?rid=1cf0d4293566409f80061b12f356f1cc

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Japanese Style Prayer Room (Tourism Expo Japan 2014)

I went to Tourism Expo Japan and luckily got a chance to see “Wanoma” (和の間)exhibited by Halal Japan Business Association. “Wanoma” means Japanese style room or space. A company called Tanseisha(丹青社)is planning to develop Japanese style muslim prayer rooms for muslim tourists. It was crowded and unofortunately my photos are blurry but you can see a basin and tap for ablution and tatami mats. Do you think you would go if there was a Japanese style prayer room like this? I thought it’s a good idea. And there was a halal bento seller at the venue. I didn’t get to taste it but it was a simple Japanese style bento certified by Malaysia… Read more »

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Japan Muslim Guide

Japan Muslim Guide The Japan Muslim Guide provides information on accommodation, restaurants and mosques for Muslim visitors to Japan. We would be very happy if this could be of any help in making your trip more comfortable. This is exactly what I wanted to do with my website but Halal Japan Business Association has completed it before I do… But anyway, this would be a really useful website for muslims living in Japan and for muslim tourists. To make my website different from ones like this, I think I want to make mine more personal rather than just a collection of information. I will try to write reviews and reports… 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 »

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New Prayer Room @ Osaka Station City

There will be a new prayer room opening on October 22 in Osaka Station City building which is located in the Osaka Station. It’s size is 30m2, opening hours is between 11am to 7pm, men and women’s rooms are separated with a shower facility in each room. Note that it’s for people of all religions.