The Best Halal Restaurants In Japan | Clozette


Travelling to a country whose predominant religion is different from yours can be quite difficult. Though you can adjust to some cultural norms, there are some things that you can’t just work your way around. One of those is food. For example, if you’re a Muslim visiting Japan, finding places where you can have a taste of washoku or Japanese cuisine seems to be impossible. Alcohols like sake and mirin are an integral part of most Japanese dishes, so it’s hard to find one that’s permissible. Not to mention, their cuisine tends to feature a lot of pork as well. Luckily, in recent years, more and more halal restaurants have popped up in this travel hotspot. Planning to visit the Land of the Rising Sun soon? No need to worry about your dining arrangements. Just head straight to these halal restaurants in Japan for a sumptuously authentic Japanese meal.



Shinjuku Gyoen Ramen Ouka, Shinjuku, Tokyo



There are different variations of ramen in Japan but it’s still quite rare to find a Halal restaurant in Japan that serves one. Thankfully, this small restaurant in Shinjuku opened back in 2016 for people with dietary restrictions. Try out Shinjuku Gyoen Ramen Ouka’s signature Halal ramen and enjoy the rich flavour of sea bream and refreshing yuzu in the broth. For a more filling meal with strips of high-quality Wagyu on top, upgrade it to a Premium Halal wagyu Ramen Set complete with delectable chicken side dishes. For those who completely refuse to consume meat, vegan ramen made of sea kelp and mushrooms is a must-try. Before you go, be sure to make a reservation as the waiting lines for walk-ins can be long!


BULLS Restaurant, Naniwa, Osaka



If you’re heading off to Osaka on your trip, be sure to stop by BULLS, a Halal restaurant in Japan specialising in shabu-shabu, sukiyaki, and steaks. To cater to tourists who visit from all over the world, the sukiyaki place studied Halal processing and adapted a system so everyone can freely enjoy Japanese dishes. You can dine without worries as the restaurant uses different utensils and storage for Halal food. Aside from having their Halal Sukiyaki Set, take your taste buds to a flavourful ride with their Steak Set. 



Okonomiyaki Sansei, Kita, Kyoto



For those in Kyoto craving okonomiyaki, then this Halal Japanese restaurant is the place for you. Although Okonomiyaki Sansei has long been established, it was only last year when they started providing a Halal menu. You can enjoy cooking okonomiyaki made from Halal ingredients in their hotplates, utensils, tableware made available for Muslim visitors. Here, you can have a bite of piping hot seafood okonomiyaki and yakisoba made with beef and squid. But, to enjoy their food, you have to make a reservation beforehand. 



Yoshiya Arashiyama, Ukyo, Kyoto



Sightseeing in Kyoto’s Arashiyama district? Complete your sensorial tour of the city by sampling Halal washoku in Yoshiya Arashiyama. Serving the best of Saga cuisine for around 60 years now, the traditional Japanese restaurant acquired Halal certification from Kyoto Halal Council a few years back. Enjoy a grand view of Arashiyama with their flavourful dishes made from fresh seasonal ingredients. You should definitely try out their elegantly plated Special Shoukado Set paired with refreshingly light Yudofu. 



Fukunoki, Chuo, Sapporo



For those who want a refreshing new take on ramen, Sapporo’s Fukunoki is one of the best Halal restaurants in Japan you can visit. While most Muslim-friendly restaurants have a separate Halal menu, Fukunoki’s offerings can be enjoyed by all. Their ramen broth is tomato-based, quite unusual for Japan, and they use no chemical flavourings with everyone’s health in mind. Their most popular dish is Shrimp Jirashi Ramen, which is topped with a large whole shrimp on top. Fukunoki’s flat noodles already complement the thick broth, but if you want to take it up a notch, upgrade to chewier potato noodles made with local produce.


(Cover photo from: @yoshiya_arashiyama)



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The first week of July is over and it's brimming with interesting news! From Japanese and Singaporeans owning the most powerful passports to China introducing beauty filters in their face-scan payment methods, we've got them front and centre for your enjoyment in today's Insider Roundup. 


Uniqlo pledges new sustainability measures



Following the news of Sweden cancelling Stockholm Fashion Week in the name of sustainability, Japanese fast-fashion brand Uniqlo also announced how they're taking part in this global movement. The brand's parent company, which also carries labels GU and Theory, pledged to cut their use of plastic up to 85 per cent. The company will also start rolling out recyclable shopping bags and other environment-friendly materials in its products in line with this change. Awesome, right?


Japan and Singapore top this year's list of countries with the most powerful passports



Japanese and Singaporean passports are the most powerful passports to date. Both countries have 189 destinations each allowing them access without a need for a visa. They're followed by South Korea, Finland, and Germany with 187 countries under each of their lists. For Malaysia, there are 176 countries they can visit and for the Philippines, there are 64. 


Kim Kardashian won a lawsuit versus fashion brand Missguided



After years of continuously tagging and associating Kim Kardashian to their social media posts and product promotions without her consent, Kimmy's finally taken legal actions against fashion brand Missguided. Kim won the case by forfeit when the brand failed to address the lawsuit, which requires Missguided to pay the KKW beauty brand owner almost USD2.8 million for damages. The court order also includes restricting Missguided from using any trademarked products or labels under any of the Kardashians' ownership moving forward. 


Sophie Turner's (second) wedding gown are #goals



It looks like everyone just can't stop talking about Sophie and Joe's weddings and the fashion may just be one of the biggest reasons why. In her first — and more casual — Vegas wedding last month, Sophie's stylish Bevza jumpsuit and gold Loeffler Randall mules ensemble already gave us great unconventional #BrideGoals.


But it looks like the Dark Phoenix star's second (and more traditional) wedding dress would be the one landing the most on Pinterest boards this year. Showing off her décollatage in a beautiful flowing lace dress from Louis Vuitton, she's definitely owning up to her Game of Thrones Queen in the North status with this look. 



China's Alipay introduces beauty filters to their face-scan payment system



Biometrics and facial recognition are just some of today's usual privacy and security measures. But what's supposed to bank on accuracy and detailing is now also being infiltrated by beauty filters — at least that's the case with China's Alipay face-scan payment system. This feature is said to address the complaints of users that the cashless face-scan system makes people look ugly. According to Alipay's Weibo post, the feature they will roll-out will "make you look even prettier than with a beauty camera." Interesting, right? What are your two cents on this?


Pokemon invades Jewel Changi



Say hello to your fave Pokemon buddies at Jewel Changi in all Saturdays and Sundays of July. Catch Pikachu and friends at 2PM and 6PM respectively as they dance against the majestic backdrop of the iconic HSBC Rain Vortex and lush Shiseido Forest Valley. 


(Cover photo from: @uniqlo)


News from earlier this week this way!



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Today's hottest word in fashion is 'sustainability'. Apart from being a movement towards more eco-friendly choices, it's also grown into a fad that brands often use to up their social standing and sellability. But while other sectors in the industry are still trying to make sustainability a need more than a want, Sweden's fashion scene is already ahead on a different level. 



In order to make a statement on how serious they are on sustainability in fashion, the Swedish Fashion Council decided to completely axe the upcoming Stockholm Fashion Week this August. This is due to the unwavering (yet unspecified) environmental concerns that are yet to be addressed by both participants and organisers alike. The bi-annual event is one of the biggest fashion occurrences in the country, showcasing some of the best in the Scandinavian fashion scene since 2005. 


Changing the narrative for the better


The decision may be shocking to some, but it's worth noting that Sweden is one of the pioneers of sustainable living even before it was considered 'cool'. Some sources suggest that as early as the '60s, Sweden was already taking steps in addressing depletion in natural resources, even headlining a UN conference about the environment in 1972. 



Jennie Rosén, CEO of the Swedish Fashion Council, said in a statement that this move is "to stimulate the development of a platform that is relevant for today’s fashion industry," and a way to "adapt to new demands, reach sustainability goals and be able to set new standards for fashion." This is because, for the longest time, Fashion Weeks all over the world became the breeding ground for making environmental sacrifices in the name of what's trendy and stylish. The promotion of fur and animal skin as luxury status symbols is just one of the few yet most glaring examples. 



Today, renowned brands from the country like Acne Studios, Filippa K, and Cheap Monday, in varying degrees are developing their sustainability units. All are reported to be working with regulatory boards to ensure that these processes are maintained and improved. 


A domino effect


Sweden's bold move to reformat one of their biggest fashion weeks may just be the starting point of something bigger and better for the fashion industry. This is on top of the foundation laid by brands like PradaBurberryStella McCartney and more in pledging to shift from their non-eco-friendly methods to more mindful and ethical productions.




This also solidifies the stance that sustainability isn't just a trend that will pass and be forgotten, but a long-term concept that should take planning, action, and maintenance in order to succeed. Sweden's move serves as an invitation to other Fashion Weeks like New York, Paris, and London to follow suit, reformat, and commit to the call for change. We can only hope that this truly heads to the direction we're picturing it in. 


What can you do? 


Sustainability in this region is still a novelty. After all, we're still majorly reliant on trends from foreign fashion houses and fast fashion retailers. However, local brands are stepping up to make sure that this idea makes it into the mainstream and into the consciousness of many people. So what you can do is offer your support the next time you go on a shopping spree. Not only are you helping these brands grow and develop, but you're also doing your part in participating in a larger and grander scheme that will benefit generations to come. 


(Cover photo from: @josefinelaul via @fashionweekstockholm)


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