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【”Omotenashi” shop guide in Chiba】What is ”Omotenashi” Guide Book for Muslim? People of Muslim will not be trouble anymore by Halal Food in Japan!

Hello I’m Aya in charge of PR case correspondent. I would like to introduce to Halal Food guide book in Japan this time.

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【Philippines】Food is Life

“Food is life”, this is the motto of almost everyone in this generation. Everybody is in search for good food, and it is not actually quite surprising if the food industry is on its best run as ever. That said, we could not go around this topic without mentioning the famous and ever-growing Japanese cuisine.

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How Filipinos Decide On A Trip To Japan


Ever since the Japanese Embassy announced that the visa approval for Filipinos who would like to travel to Japan will be relaxed, a lot of Filipinos have been flocking to Japan. The popular travel season for Filipinos because this is the time when the children are taking a holiday break from school. It is also a good time to visit Japan because of the cherry blossom season. Filipinos will buy their tickets way before they travel, probably around 6-10 months before so they can get a good deal for their tickets.

Next, they would look for places to stay. Since Japan is generally expensive, they would look for cheap accommodation. This is made possible by Airbnb, a service which users can use to look for accommodation rented out by the locals of their destinations.

After booking a place to stay in, Filipinos would research on where to go, what weather to expect, what clothes to bring and how much money to bring. Since the weather in Manila is very different from the weather in Japan, most Filipinos don’t have sweaters to keep them warm from the cold weather in Japan. They would then go shopping for their basic necessities like coat, gloves, boots and thermal wear. They would also exchange their Pesos to US Dollars or Japanese Yen before flying to Japan. All doing all these, they are most likely ready for their trip to the Land of tthe Rising Sun.


Philippines Correspondent

3 most popular mobile apps in Malaysia


Looking at your phone screen, there’s no shortage of great mobile applications, either free or paid waiting at your fingertips to be installed. Technology has evolved our lives together with the impact of the internet, and is definitely not the same as 50 years ago. Mobile devices can be considered as the pen and paper of our time. Even 2 years old kids can now play mobile games before learning their ABCs! Forgetting your phone might as well be forgetting your wallet. Certain apps have becomed essential, and you use them every day, and everyone knows their names. Here are 3 of Malaysian favourite apps, although all of it fall under Social Networking Sites.

  • Whatsapp 

Sending pictures, free calls and instant messages all of this can be done without charges through Whatsapp. The only requirement for it is connectivity. Using a phone number as its unique user identifier, people of all ages have been using Whatsapp as their choice communication medium. “Free and Fast” is the key factor that make it most popular.

  • Facebook 

If you didn’t know what is Facebook, gosh! You might be classified as an ancient fossil! The applications for Facebook is almost infinite. Acting as a medium of communication, publicity, business, media, and many more ranging from important to mundane can be done using Facebook! However, many Malaysians felt that the standalone Facebook Messenger app was unnecessary. That doesn’t make it a bad app, or not useful in its own way. Facebook is very good for family photos and videos, personal updates, chronicling life changes, and sharing interesting links.

  • Twitter 

Who says only birds can tweet, nowadays even human do tweeting! Yes! Twitter is a powerful social media. Instant news, site updates, breaking news, and quick links are just some of the many of the wonders of Twitter. Working late at night and not able to watch your favourite football team? Open your Twitter, get real time updates, and you’ll be able to get the results of the match in the blink of an eye. As one Community writer puts it, “Twitter does its best work five minutes after a disaster, and its worst in the twelve hours after that.” Some even said that your Twitter is your personal reflections. You need to be careful with that!

Technology is changing every second. Today’s most popular might become obsolete tomorrow, or worst, like it never existed before. Still, despite of the apps’ advantages and weaknesses, to be able to communicate with our loved one is definitely something that we cherished.

Malaysia correspondent

3 things make Malaysian Muslim concerned when they travel to Japan③


  • Prayer

Islam is a religion of ease. The 5 times a day prayer rule can be change slightly during travel. Islam provides ease and flexibility for muslim to travel in comfort. The Zuhur and Asar prayer can be combined and shorten during the stipulated time, same with Maghrib and Isha. You can even perform prayer in the bus while sitting. Remaining pure is one of the standards that Muslim need to adhere to perform prayer. The problem will arise if the dogs and alcohol are present. Dog’s saliva is considered extremely unclean. If touched, we are required to wash it thoroughly and there is a specific method to do it. Simply wash it with water wouldn’t do, which is the troublesome things here. So having a dog at a venue could be problematic but not a major problem. Don’t worry if you are hosting a Muslim guest. There are a thousand of ways to perform prayer and in Islam, not to trouble the host are one of the important manner.

Almost all of the places in Japan are totally clean. During my visits to Japan before, I have never seen a glimpse of stray dogs but instead a very cute dog on a lovely evening walk  together with the owner. We have no problem to perform prayer. Some buildings and hotels even have a special place to pray, Qibla direction and many more Muslim convenient facilities. To enter the prayer room, we need to ask the key from the authorities. That just prove on how the room is well guarded. The picture below is a prayer room in Kanda University.


Nonetheless, important things to highlight here is that Muslim are not a homogenous entity, it is difficult to create a one-size that fits all of need and wants and it is almost towards inconsistent degree. Things mention here are as guide and from my personal experience as a Malaysian Muslimah. I really recommend for Islam follower to go on travel. Last but not least, buck up your seatbelt and send my regards to Japan!!



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