The Asian Age

Modi’s ‘ chai pe char­cha’ with Abe

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Tokyo, Sept. 1: Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi, who has re­peat­edly high­lighted that he used be a tea seller early in his life, was on Mon­day treated to a spe­cial Ja­panese “chai” by his Ja­panese coun­ter­part Shinzo Abe as per a tra­di­tion in this coun­try.

The spe­cial ges­ture was Mr Abe’s way of show­ing af­fec­tion to the vis­it­ing leader, keep­ing in with the Ja­panese tra­di­tion “Chanoyu” preva­lent since the 16th cen­tury.

Mr Modi sat on the floor with knees bent as is the tra­di­tion in Ja­pan and drank tea from a spe­cial cup. Abe sat next to him to share the mo­ment. The two also had tea cakes along with the Ja­panese green tea.

Mr Abe then told Mr Modi about tea made in 1950 dur­ing the visit of his grand­fa­ther Nobusuke Kishi to In­dia as the Prime Min­is­ter. The “chai pe char­cha” pre­ceded the of­fi­cial sub­stan­tive talks be­tween Mr Modi and Mr Abe.

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