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.
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)
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.