Muslims do face stereotypes as foreigners, bearded rather than religious and other such notions.
In total, Islam in Japan has over three centuries worth of history, with the earliest Muslim settlers believed to have worked in the cities of Yokohama and Kobe during the reign of the Meiji (1868—1890); these settlers being Indian and Malay sailors.
I can identify with Pakistani culture as well as the culture and traditions of the religion I was raised in but; I do enjoy a good whiskey, used to smoke like a chimney, I collect really rubbish songs on vinyl like Bruce Willis’ timeless classic “Respect Yourself”, I love to knit, I make a killer steak and kidney pie and, like many other women in the UK, karaoke bars are also my secret shame.
You may say that I am as western as they come but I am still so proud of my heritage and the culture and tradition my parents brought me up in.
I also write about interfaith marriage and my very lovely, often comedic, life with my husband “Bob”.
The history of Muslims in Japan in somewhat recent, with the Japanese only having first documented Islam in the 1700s, with the actual history possibly stretching back even further, possibly from trade.It is estimated that the number of non-Japanese Muslims residing in Japan is approximately 90,000, which is only 0.75% of Japan’s total population.Japan’s shortage of long-term views for religious pluralism causes tremendous difficulties for Muslims, especially for those who are second and third generation.For many Muslims singles dating can be a difficult balance between their own wants and those of their family or society.Muslim blogger The Imposter has first hand experience of the conflicts which can arise between the search for love and the pressures of tradition.