The other day, I got a chance to visit a famous Halal restaurant, Malaychan, near Ikebukuro station in, Tokyo. It was around noon time and, I had to wait a bit to meet someone while taking my lunch.
Due to some unknown reason, the person I wanted to meet with, got late for about 30 minutes. Upon getting the news for his delay, I thought I should utilise this time to say my Zuhur prayer. Therefore, I hesitantly asked the restaurant staff whether I could say my prayer at a nearby place or in the restaurant. To my delight, they told me that they had a prayer mat, a place for making abolution, and, of course, a place for prayer as well.
Surprisingly, the restaurant owner, Fukusawa san, a non-Muslim Japanese lady, asked me whether I wanted to wear a traditional cloth from Malaysia for saying my prayer. Of course, I did not need that one as we do not wear any special clothes in the sub-continent. However, it was amazing to know that a restaurant owned by a non-Muslim lady, could offer me a proper place for prayer with all the ‘necessities’ for prayer.
There are very few restaurants in the Tokyo Metropolitan area, which offer this kind of ‘luxury’ to their Muslim visitors apart from Malaychan. When you are in Tokyo and want to find a place which you could call little home for yourself, Malaychan is the one you may look for. They have a website both in English and Japanese. Please do visit the English website and give me your comoments on how you feel about this all.