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For Classic Japanese Theater Form Kyogen, 'Tradition Is Not Fixed'

Kyogen master Nomura Manzo IX performs his craft which he learned from his father and grandfather.
Arts

Japanese Kyogen is a rare form of classic theater that lends itself well to modern interpretation while still maintaining its 600 year-old spirit.

#CultureUnderThreat Task Force Recommends Steps to Combat 'Cultural Crimes'

On March 31, 2016, a photographer holds his picture of the Temple of Bel taken on March 14, 2014 in front of the remains of the historic temple after it was destroyed by Islamic State group jihadists in September 2015 in the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra. (Joseph Eid/AFP/Getty Images)
ArtsCurrent Affairs

A new report by a task force established to address antiquities trafficking in the Middle East lays out recommendations for governments, NGOs, and private stakeholders.

From 'Degenerate' Fears to Cult Violence: How an Ancient Buddhist Belief Impacted Japan Across Eight Centuries

An Aum Shinrikyo follower meditates before portraits of leader Shoko Asahara and his two sons posted on an altar at a seminary of a Tokyo building on August 11, 1999. (Toru Yamanaka/AFP/Getty Images)
ArtsCurrent Affairs

A widely held belief in Kamakura era Japan of a sick and degenerating world was reinterpreted by a violent doomsday cult eight centuries later.

#TBT: After Half a Century, Shinto Deity Returns to Asia Society Museum

The U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy and her husband Edwin Schlossberg view The Shinto Deity Hachiman in the Guise of a Buddhist Monk, on loan from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, at the opening of the Asia Society Museum exhibition Kamakura: Realism and Spirituality in the Sculpture of Japan, February 2016. (Elena Olivo/Asia Society)
ArtsCurrent Affairs

For "Throwback Thursday," we reach into Asia Society's archives to find a photo from the organization's 60-year history. This week: A Kamakura period Japanese sculpture on display twice at Asia Society, 56 years apart. 

Video: 8 Mesmerizing Minutes in Shanghai Set to Music From Balmorhea

Arts

"I wanted to make something that would really be infused with Shanghai. And I wanted it to be a sort of time capsule of that night."

'Paradise Interrupted' — Bringing Chinese Tradition Onto the Contemporary Stage

Soprano opera singer Qian Yi in front of the unique and intricate set of 'Paradise Interrupted' which is partially made of paper. (Lincoln Center Festival/Lihe Xiao)
Arts

Director Jennifer Wen Ma and composer Huang Ruo present a hybrid between traditional opera and an art installation piece.

Honoring Three Asian Artists For 'Touching Our Souls' [Photos]

(L to R) Cai Guo-Qiang, Nalini Malani, and Yoshitomo Nara pose with their Asian Art Game Changer awards in Hong Kong on March 20, 2016.
Arts

Asia Society awarded Cai Guo-Qiang, Nalini Malani, and Yoshitomo Nara with the first Asia Arts Game Changer awards on Sunday in Hong Kong.

'A Blank Page Is Never Empty'

Performer Karen Kandel as 'papermaker' in 'Recycling: Washi Tales.' (Valerie Oliveiro)
Arts

Exploring the art of paper-making and storytelling through literal and metaphorical recycling.

Padma Lakshmi: 'I Finally Don't Care What People Think of Me'

Padma Lakshmi reads an excerpt from her new memoir at Asia Society in New York on Thursday, March 10. (Ellen Wallop/Asia Society)
Arts

The model and 'Top Chef' host discussed her candid new memoir at Asia Society Thursday night.

The Medieval Art Form Behind Modern Japanese Cinema

Arts

How the centuries-old "Noh" tradition influenced directors like Akira Kurosawa.