Japanese company debuts moving mosque for Muslims

Ahead of the 2020 Summer Olympics, a Tokyo-based company is planning to unveil a mobile mosque to welcome Muslims in the country.

    2018/08/02

NSFW    TOKYO — A Tokyo-based company is planning to launch a mobile mosque ahead of the 2020 Summer Olympics, reports Japan Today.

The moving mosque takes the form of a large white and blue truck that expands into a place of worship.

The back of the truck is able to flip open to reveal an entrance. The width of the truck would then double as the side of the truck slides out.

A 48-square-meter room inside the truck should accommodate about 50 people at a time.

Outdoor taps and a washing area would also be included in the mosque to allow worshippers to cleanse themselves before prayer.

Yasuharu Inoue, the CEO of the project, said they want to share the idea of "omotenashi" or Japanese hospitality, with Muslim people.

Inoue also said he hopes the mobile mosque will help Muslim visitors feel at home as it would be able to travel to different Olympic venues if necessary.

Inoue said he was inspired to create a mobile mosque after a trip to Qatar a few years ago.
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