東京ジャーミイ

( Tokyo Mosque )

Tokyo Mosque, Tōkyō-jāmii (東京ジャーミイ) also known as Tokyo Camii (pronounced Jamii in Arabic), is a mosque with an adjoining Turkish culture center located in the Ōyama-chō district of Shibuya ward in Tokyo, Japan. It is the largest mosque in Japan.

Originally built in 1938, the current building was completed in 2000. It was designed by Hilmi Şenalp, in a style inspired by Ottoman architecture.

The mosque was originally built along with an adjoining school on May 12, 1938 by Bashkir and Tatar immigrants from Russia who had come to Japan after the October Revolution. It was made under the direction of Abdurreshid Ibrahim, the first Imam of the mosque, and Abdülhay Kurban Ali.

In 1986, the mosque had to be demolished because of severe structural damage. Under the direction and support of Turkey’s Directorate of Religious Affairs, a new building was begun in 1998. The architect for the building was Hilmi Şenalp. The ornamentation was based on Ottoman religious architecture. Around 70 Turkish craftsmen performed the finishing details, and a considerable quantity of marble was imported from Turkey. The construction was completed in 2000 at a cost of around 1.5 billion yen. The inauguration was held on June 30, 2000.[1]

^ “New Tokyo Mosque opens”, in: The Japan Times, July 1st, 2000.
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