I am Risa Mizuno, a Japanese Muslim revert from Tokyo. I was born and raised in Japan.
Graduate Master’s degree of Global Environmental Studies at Sophia University, Tokyo Japan in 2013.
The life-changing experience of my revert journey was to participate in “Ship for Southeast Asia and Japanese Youth Program” (SSEAYP) in 2011 where I was inspired by Muslim participants from ASEAN nations to see their lifestyle and Islamic practices living in peace and harmony regardless of their difference in cultures and nationalities. This was also where I met my husband, a Muslim Malaysian too.
Meanwhile, my husband and I were long distance relationship after the SSEAYP program, I started to learn and practice things to do/ not to do in Islam. I took this opportunity as to learn Islam for myself to get the faith which I did not own ever since I was born. This learning process took me almost four years and I was almost convinced to believe in Islam after I read Quran translated in Japanese. But I was not sure when I will be officially a Muslim at the time.
On November 7th, 2015, I made Shahada at Dr. Zakir Naik lecture in Tokyo. As he answered my question, how I should deal with my Japanese cultures based on other religious practices after the revert. He answered that “As long as you follow what Quran says it should not be a problem” and I was convinced by his answer because this will be the answer for all the questions I might have after my revert.
It has been a year and half of being Muslim in Japan, I am able to foster my Imaan step by step with experiences in my daily life. I learned how to pray and practice to pray 5 times in a day. I was able to be a full-time Hijabi after personal struggles and got a job opportunity to work for an education organization in Tokyo allows me to pray / to wear hijab. Also, learn how to fast and did fasting in the holy month of Ramadan in Tokyo for the first time. Alhamdulillah.
I got married to my husband in October 2016. Now we are based in Tokyo but we are back and forth between Japan and Malaysia.
I am currently compiling my revert stories over past 5 years and hoping to publish it in 2018 Inshallah.
Until then, stay updated on Instagram 🙂