It's time of the year, in the Islamic calendar called the Ramadan month where Muslims all around the world fast from sunrise till sundown. Fasting during the month of Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam apart from "shahadah" - belief or confession of faith, "solat" or prayer five time a day, "zakat" - charitable giving and "hajj" - pilgrimage to Makkah if one can afford it.
One of the key component of observing this holy month is to abstain from eating and drinking and while it can be tough, especially in the hot weather, life goes on as normal.
Heck! We even vacationed during the Ramadan month and still observe fasting. ^^
It was back in 2009 and here we were waiting to break fast in one of the eatery in Tokyo. Happy faces, being able to eat again! Yeay. hahaha
This year's breaking fast time for Japan and Malaysia is quite similar but Muslims in Japanese has to fast longer hours because the pre-dawn meal called "sahur" is too early. Look at the fajr prayer time.
Here's prayer time in Japan. One should eat their pre-dawn meal before the fajr prayer before starting the fast i.e. before 3.00am (or in Sapporo case around midnight!!!) and the next meal/drink will have to wait till after the maghrib prayer that is after 7.00pm.