History of Tokyo Camii

History of Tokyo Camii

When the Soviet Russia began to rule in 1917, some of the Turkish communities migrated to different regions of world.

Kazan Turks, who had migrated to Tokyo, established a community called “Mahalle-i İslamiye” (i.e. Islamic District) led by Abdulhay Kurban Ali and Abdurreşid İbrahim and built a Cami and school in 1938. Japan community gave a considerable support to the community’s services both economically and socially.

The Camii was destroyed in 1986 because of many years’ wear and tear effect and building land was donated by Tokyo Turkish Associaton to Turkish Republic on condition that a new Camii is built. Then, on behalf of Turksih Republic Religious Affairs Presidency (TC Diyanet İşleri Başkanlığı), with the presidency of Turkish Religious Affairs’ President Mr. Mehmet Nuri Yılmaz was founded the Tokyo Camii Foundation (i.e. Tokyo Camii Vakfı). New Tokyo Camii Foundation initated the Camii construction in 1998 and completed in 2000.

The Camii and Culture Center’s rough works were carried out by Kajima Corporation and fine works and artistic decoration by Turkish masters and artists. Architect of the Cami is Muharrem Hilmi Şenalp. Project was coodinated by Sumio Ito and Akira Wakabayasi in Japanese side, and by Sami Goren in turkish Side.

Chiefs of building site were Tsuruki Furukawa and his assistant Teiji Omata of Japan and Mustafa Iskender of Turkey.
On the marble over entrance door to cultural centre inscribed a poem, giving te date of 1420 A.H. (Construction date of the Tokyo Camii) according to the calculation system of letters in Arabic:

"The Tokyo Camii",
"Lord’s worshipping place",
"Brought to this land eternal glace".