SAVOR JAPAN participated in the event “Tokyo Halal Lunch Party”, held for the first time in Tokyo for 5 days from December 3, 2018!
The lunch party offered halal food in buffet style, and all the menus applied are carefully selected Halal ingredients, seasonings, and processing methods. What’s more, different performers appeared each day, entertaining the guests.
Audiences fixed their eyes on the great performance by Japanese calligrapher “Koji Tora”.
Experiencing the Tokushima prefecture Awa Henro soba-making taught by the master.
The performer MOTOR HOTEL consists of four singers that travel around the world. Guests regardless of Halal or non-Halal indulged in their music.
We took a survey regarding the “Halal food” to 131 Japanese (non-Muslim) participants.
The food used halal seasoning, respondents answered that it was nonetheless delicious as same as what they are eating daily.
Upon the impression on Halal food, the answers were “religious dietary,” “unfamiliar,” “special food,” etc. While it seems that Halal is still unfamiliar for the Japanese, 124 people out of 131 answered “yes” to the question, “Would you like to eat Halal food in the future, if you had a chance?” The majority responded favorably because they thought it was delicious. Other reasons were, “It is healthy with a mild taste,” “To experience a food from a different culture is important,” “I came across delicious Halal food,” and “I want to learn more about Halal food and Muslim culture.” In conclusion, many Japanese people had a very good impression and high opinions for Halal food.
Dr. Saeed: It was a great opportunity to remove the label of “Halal food equals Religious” even if only slightly. To familiarize the idea that non-Muslims can eat Halal food as well, I would like to organize this kind of event more.
SAVOR JAPAN: Did perception of Halal in Japan change over time?
Dr. Saeed: Great change has occurred. In the past, when I asked organizations to get Halal certification, their question was, “What is Halal?” Today, the questions are, “How can we get it?” “How much does it cost?” or “How much time will it take to receive?" The quality of question has changed.
SAVOR JAPAN: One of the activities of NAHA is to issue a certificate. Is there any aspect that is especially focused on, when providing a certificate?
Dr. Saeed: Hygienic management, education for non-Muslim employees, documents management, and finally, regularly inspection to make sure that they are following the rules and run the operation correctly.
SAVOR JAPAN: Finally, send out some messages for people who are visiting or living in Japan!
Dr. Saeed: Japanese people are diligent in learning Halal management and operating it. Tourists don’t need to worry if the restaurant have received Halal-certified because Halal organization verifies how they manage their food and operations. The number of Muslim-friendly restaurants increased greatly compared to the past, and one may enjoy Japanese cuisine as well. I would like to see more Muslims coming to Japan.
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