Modi feeds fish; gifts Vivekanda book, Gita to Abe

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Kyoto
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  • Updated: Aug 30, 2014 20:25 IST

Prime Minister Narendra Modi (front R) shakes hands with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe upon his arrival at the State Guest House in Kyoto, western Japan. (Reuters/Kyodo Photo)


Prime Minister Narendra Modi took part in a ceremonial feeding of fish alongside his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe to kick off his maiden trip to the island nation as PM on Saturday.

Modi, who cut a dapper figure in charcoal-coloured Nehru jacket, and the blue-suited Abe, fed the koi fish, or carp, a tradition thought to bring prosperity and good fortune.

Later, the Indian PM gifted Abe a selection of Swami Vivekananda’s work focused on Japan. The book, Swami Vivekananda and Japan, had been specially commissioned and brought from Kolkata.

He also gave Abe a copy of the Bhagavad Gita.

 

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