Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday night hosted an Iftar dinner party for diplomats and ambassadors of Muslim nations at his residence.
Ambassadors to Japan from 35 countries and regions attended the event at which Middle Eastern dishes were served.
Abe told the gathering that "the idea that we should value each other for our differences has always been the foundation of the Islamic spirit. I cannot help but feel that this is not unlike the spirit of the Japanese, which has always been rooted in the idea of living in harmony. The nation of Japan truly wishes peace and prosperity for all countries within the Middle East, and with that, let us break this fast at this Iftar," TBS reported.
Iftar is part of the Islamic tradition of Ramadan, during which followers of the faith abstain from eating or drinking until sundown. As the sun sets, everyone gathers for the big Iftar feast.© Japan Today