On the second day of his Japan tour, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today visited two prominent ancient Buddhist temples here – Toji and Kinkakuji – offering prayers and mingling with the common people and tourists.
The dress-conscious Narendra Modi was attired in all-white kurta pyjama, sleeveless jacket and white sandals when he visited the temples, apparently to send out a message of solemnness of the occasion.
The Prime Minister Narendra Modi mingled with tourists and visitors, shook hands, pulled ears of a child and posed for photographs with groups of people.
He began his day with a visit to the ancient Toji Temple, which is inspired by the trinity of Brahma, Vishnu, Mahesh of Hindu philosophy.
He was accompanied by his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe when he went around the famous temple which is a Unesco world heritage site.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi talks with Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe in front of Buddha statues as they visit Toji Buddhist temple, a Unesco world heritage site, in Kyoto. (Reuters Photo)
Narendra Modi was at the temple complex for about half an hour during which he enquired about the history of the eighth-century Buddhist pagoda.
Chief monk Mori took the Prime Minister around the complex having wooden temple including the five-storied main pagoda.
“I am Modi, you are Mori,” he told the chief priest Yasu Nagamori jokingly after reading name on his Identity card.