8/29/2014 5:06:17 PM
|written By : Team India Se|
When PM Narendra Modi visits Japan, his counterpart Shinzo Abe will give him a rare honour. Abe will host a traditional Japanese tea ceremony, or chanoyu, for Modi in Tokyo on Monday.
Abe will also host a banquet for Modi but the Japanese tea ceremony, used as a political tool by Japanese leaders in the past, is considered much more significant and is reserved for special guests. Modi is likely to be offered matcha - a powdered green tea - which is one of Abe's favourite drinks.
Ahead of his departure for Japan, Modi on Thursday took to tweeting in Japanese about his visit saying he was extremely excited about his trip and also the opportunity to meet his counterpart. Modi's tweets were actually a translation of his earlier ones in English.
"Friends from Japan asked me to talk to the people of Japan directly in Japanese. I also thank them for helping with the translation," he tweeted.