In Japan, Muslims form a very small minority. The number of pilgrims that arrives from the country for Hajj every year is only a handful. But that hasn’t stopped them from getting widespread attention.
If there was one group of pilgrims that we are to pinpoint who really set an example for others, it would undoubtedly be the Japanese. Their acts have earned them praise across social media.
There is this photo that went viral in which two Japanese pilgrims are seen carrying a trash bag with them.
They were supposedly picking up any trash that they came across in the holy sites.
حجاج يابانيون يحملون أكياس النفايات معهم حرصاً على نظافة المشاعر المقدسة. pic.twitter.com/1M6rC1WuFs
— هاشتاق السعودية (@HashKSA) August 14, 2019
In fact, they have always been doing this. This is a video from last year.
— ▪️أبو منيف الخالدي▪️ (@khalde_ksa_Riya) September 15, 2018
Cleanliness is a major part of Japanese culture. Remember this picture from the Japanese locker room during the World Cup?
The Japanese soccer team just left their locker room looking spotless with a thank you note even after losing a World Cup match yesterday. No one is too good to sweep the sheds or clean up after yourself! Culture begins with how you act when no one is looking! #culturize #legacy pic.twitter.com/X3B6dvQxkn
— Dr. Andy Jacks (@_AndyJacks) July 3, 2018
The Japanese pilgrims have truly embodied the spirit of Hajj.