Life In Japan | The Good And The Bad Fasting Abroad

The timeless in you is aware of life’s timelessness. And knows that yesterday is but today’s memory and tomorrow is today’s dream.
― Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet

I came to Japan when I was 19 years old and fast-forward, five years have passed. Five freaking years. The first year I was here, everything felt foreign and every new thing that I experienced was exciting but one year became two and soon the novelty wore off. Now, in the final year of my degree, this might be my last chance of spending Ramadan in Japan so I dedicated this entry to commemorate my experiences.

LIFE IN JAPAN | THE GOOD AND THE BAD FASTING ABROAD

life in japan the good and the bad fasting abroad
life in japan the good and the bad fasting abroad

THE GOOD

1. BONDING

Being away from family and the comfort of home, the friends that I met here are the only place I could share my worries and happiness. #friendstilljannahlol

2. MEETING MUSLIMS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD

Even though the nearest mosque, Kobe is an hour ride away with train, being able to stand in a saf with muslims from other countries praying together is a blessing. And everyone looks so pretty with their own style of hijab.

O mankind, indeed We have created you from male and female and made you peoples and tribes that you may know one another. Indeed, the most noble of you in the sight of Allah is the most righteous of you. Indeed, Allah is Knowing and Acquainted.
― Al Hujurat: 13

3. A SENSE OF GRATITUDE

There are people out there who are fasting with longer hours or in a state of war where food and water are not enough for everyone and for me who is obviously been eating so well that I gain weight, Alhamdulillah.

THE BAD

1. LONGER HOURS OF FASTING

It was not until I came to Japan that I realised how easy Muslims in Malaysia have to practice Islam in general. Because of the four season climate, prayer time changes daily and I had a shock of my life when Fajr prayer is at 2:20 in the morning.

2. HOMESICK

When I still lived in a hostel in Tokyo I would eat sahr and iftar alone. Well, since I’m the type who likes to spend my time alone in the first place it didn’t affect me much.

Eating lies

3. BAZAR RAMADAN

Sobs. Don’t hurt my heart more, please.

Maggi is good but I want to eat pau kaya. Give me my pau kaya!

Note: Happy Eid Mubarak for all Muslims all over the world!

#teambalikraya #janganjeles #hewhewhew #basuhpingganpunbasuhpingganlah

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  1. I don’t mind about no bazaar Ramadhan thinking the challenge during summer, urm.. I should give a second thought about it.. hehe.. But come to think of it, what’s the meaning of life without any challenge..? Okay now I’m messed up.. Anyways, Salam Aidilfitri, Rasya..! XD

    1. Haha. As long as you don’t step out of the house you’ll be fine lol.
      Life without challenges would be a bit meaningless. We’d get complacent and the routine is going to bore the hell out of us for sure

  2. I have been thinking about studying abroad. Arghhh, I’m scared to face the new world + the language differences, but at the same time I’m excited and would like to challenge myself.

    1. The first step is always the hardest. After some time, you’ll be glad that you experience all the hardships because it would made you stronger

  3. Ala alaa bab bazar Ramadhan dan makanan, sedih pulak fikir Rasya di perantauan tak dapat peluang pergi bazar. Huhu.

    Last year dah kan, so next year Ramadhan, insyAllah dah ada di Malaysia. Boleh pergi bazar okay dan makan pau kaya =)

    Fajr prayer jam 2.20 am. Perghh.

  4. Fasting in malaysia was so hot this year eventhough it was 12 hours,compared to other countries which was longer kan.. 10 kali rasa nak gugur iman masa awal2 puasa rasa haus je.lol.

  5. my new friend when i met in tokyo last year, dia cakap dia pernah puasa masa summer. panas sangat. itu tak jadi the bad thing happened during ramadhan?

  6. dah 5 tahun kat japan? ni kira dah nak habislah kan?

    yg sedihnya beraya di perantauan ni sbb dah lama tak balik kampung jelah kan, huhu. rasanya tahun lps baca blog akak pun tak dpt beraya kat malaysia juga. tabahlah! T^T

    selamat hari raya btw!

  7. rasya, i love this posts!
    i would like to experience fasting abroad at least once in my lifetime (soon maybe) hahahhaa
    selamat hari raya aidilfitri, maaf zahir batin 😀

  8. Been wondering how you spend your day fasting in other country XD I guess, Japan will be missed.
    Hey you can make your own Pau Kaya isn’t?!