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Here’s our first article in the segment of “Place”, we hope you find it useful!
Hakata Station is one of famous tourist destinations in Fukuoka. It’s a mixed-use facilities building where you can find (definitely) bus, train, subway and shinkansen lines, currency exchange, international atm machines, malls, shops and stalls; restaurants and even cinema!
Oh don’t forget to visit the rooftop plaza, so called “Tsubame no Mori Hiroba”. This unusual feature for a railway station in Japan has several attractions such as Tetsudo Jinja shrine, unique Shinto shrine is dedicated to railways; Tsubame Train, mini train for kid runs around a loop in the plaza; Observation deck, to enjoy beautiful view of Fukuoka from the highest peak of Hakata Station.
In the last few years, from middle of November until early of January, the station becomes pretty with the illumination decoration. Many people come to capture the beauty of winter illumination so called “Hikari no Machi Hakata”.
As a Muslim, when it comes time to pray, do you have any alternative prayer space while at Hakata Station? Our team found one nice spot located at the 3rd floor, terrace of Hakata station. More precisely, next to the radio station FM Fukuoka, JR. Hakata City.
Though a little noisy and you can’t get 100% privacy, but inshaAllah the place is clean and you can perform salah without people disturbance, as has been experienced by our team member. For wudhu/ablution, our team went to the rest room of Hankyu Dept Store also located at the 3rd floor.
Regarding pray in the public space, Indonesian vloggers did a social experiment (here’s the link) to find out how Japanese people react when they see Muslim praying. Took some places in Tenjin, during the experiment many of Japanese people just passed by without paying too much attention, while others seemed bit surprised but didn’t engage them in any way. Alhamdulillah it seems that they don’t mind with our religious activity. Hopefully in the future, we can have some viable alternative prayer spaces for Muslims in Fukuoka public places.
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Fukuoka, Muslim & Lifestyle
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