On Day 1 of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s five-day visit to Japan, he gifted books on Swami Vivekananda and a copy of Bhagawad Gita to Japenese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe who made a special gesture of travelling to Kyoto specially to meet him before their formal Summit meeting in Tokyo on Monday.
Abe, who has said “India has special place in my heart”, received Modi at the guest house soon after the Indian Prime Minister reached Kyoto after landing at an airport in neighbouring Osaka. Modi presented to Abe a special commemorative edition of ‘Swami Vivekananda and Japan – excerpts from the life and works of Swami Vivekanand and ‘Vivekananda in Japan’ by Swami Medhasananda’ and a copy of the Bhagavad Gita.
In addition to the Sanskrit version, a Japanese version of the Bhagawad Gita was also presented to Abe.
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The two leaders also jointly participated in a Japanese ritual called ‘feeding the fish’, which is considered to be an auspicious beginning.
Abe then hosted a dinner for Modi. The Japanese Prime Minister will also treat Modi to special ‘Chai’ (tea) on Monday in Tokyo.
Ahead of the visit, the two Prime Ministers took to Twitter two days back to reach out to each other and the respective countries.
While Modi tweeted in Japanese language to strike a chord with the Japanese people, Abe responded hours later by saying “India has a special place in my heart”.
Modi had earlier said he was eagerly looking forward to meeting Abe whose leadership he “deeply respects”.
The Prime Minister will tomorrow visit the famous Toji temple.