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Idlis, paranthas for Japan PM

Delhi played host to important guests yet again on Tuesday evening, as the Prime Minister of Japan, Yoshihiko Noda and first lady Hitomi Noda arrived in the city on a short visit to India. And, they relished idli and paranthas in town.

entertainment Updated: Dec 29, 2011 01:59 IST
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Delhi played host to important guests yet again on Tuesday evening, as the Prime Minister of Japan, Yoshihiko Noda and first lady Hitomi Noda arrived in the city on a short visit to India. And, they relished idli and paranthas in town.

The couple, on a two-day business trip to the country on December 27-28, stayed at the Taj Palace hotel’s grand presidential Tata suite. The Japanese premier and his wife, accompanied by their business delegation, were assured a homely stay in the city.

Since the couple had expressed their desire to try out Indian food, the hotel’s executive chef Rajesh Wadhwa created the Indian-European platter including paranthas, idlis and pan-seared fish.

A special Hana program, including Japanese amenities such as robes (Yukatas) and a tea ceremony — was also designed for them. The Japanese PM was also scheduled to meet Kolaveri Di singer Dhanush. The South artist was invited for a state dinner hosted by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for the Japanese premier.

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