'I am Modi and you are Mori': PM Narendra Modi to Kinkakuji temple priest

Written by PTI | Kyoto | Updated: Aug 31 2014, 20:51pm hrs
"I am Modi and you are Mori!" This is how Prime Minister Narendra Modi charmed the head priest of ancient 14th century Buddhist temple - Kinkakuji- on the second day of his five-day visit to Japan.

Dressed in all-white kurta pyjama, sleeveless jacket and white sandals, apparently to send out a message of solemnness of the occasion, he spent some time with the 83-year-old head priest Yasu Nagamori of Kinkaku-ji temple, spokesman for the External Affairs Ministry, Syed Akbaruddin tweeted.

The Prime Minister enquired about the history of this ancient temple and spent some relaxed, light moments, mingling with the tourists, visitors and members of Indian expatriate community in Japan, who welcomed the Prime Minister by waving Tricolour and clicked pictures with him.

Earlier in the day, Modi also visited the eight century Toji temple, a UNESCO world heritage site, accompanied by his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe.