A Japanese company has created a mosque on wheels that its head hopes will make Muslim visitors feel at home during the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.
The Mobile Mosque could travel to different Olympic venues as needed, according to Yasuharu Inoue, CEO of Yasu Project, which created the facility.
“As an open and hospitable country, we want to share the idea of ‘omotenashi’ [Japanese hospitality] with Muslim people,” he said in a recent interview.
The moving mosque can accommodate 50 people.
Japan is home to an estimated 100,000 to 200,000 Muslims.
“Going forward, I would be so happy if people from Indonesia, Malaysia, Africa, the Middle East and, for example, refugees who are coming from Syria are able to use the mosque as a tool to promote world peace,” Inoue told the Associated Press.
Fifty-six years after having organised the Olympic Games, the Japanese capital will be hosting a summer edition for the second time, from 24 July to 9 August 2020.