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Filmmaker Erik Shirai on the 'The Birth of Saké'

Filmmaker and artist Erik Shirai is taking part in a special event hosted by Asia Society and Jungles in Paris on Wednesday, June 15. (Photo courtesy of Erik Shirai)
Current Affairs

In his first feature documentary, Erik Shirai combines his Japanese heritage with cinematic storytelling.

How a Lack of Natural Energy Resources Sparked Japan's Energy Innovation

Former Japanese Minister of the Environment and former Minister for Foreign Affairs Yoriko Kawaguchi discusses why Japan turned to renewable energy. (Elsa Ruiz/Asia Society)
Current Affairs

On the heels of a nuclear disaster, Japan is spearheading the movement toward sustainable technology.

Japan Is Leading the Global Trend Toward Simplicity

Stacks of colorful basics at Uniqlo. (Kiwi He/Flickr)
Arts

These brands are making the most of the "less is more" mindset — but not everyone is on board.

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.

'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.

Kimono-Clad Caroline Kennedy Cracks Open Barrel of Sake

(L to R) Japanese Ambassador Reiichiro Takahashi, Asia Society President Josette Sheeran, and U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy prepare to break open a sake barrel in a traditional Japanese ceremony. (Elena Olivo/Asia Society)
ArtsCurrent Affairs

At the opening of Asia Society New York's Season of Japan and Kamakura exhibit, Ambassador Caroline Kennedy participated in a traditional Japanese ceremony.

Senior Japanese Official: North Korea a 'Crying Baby'

Japan's Deputy Foreign Minister Shinsuke Sugiyama discussed East Asian security and economics in conversation with Asia Society Policy Institute Kevin Rudd. (Ellen Wallop/Asia Society)
Policy

Deputy Foreign Minister Shinsuke Sugiyama, who appeared on Wednesday at Asia Society, also explained why China's economic slowdown is "not good for anybody."

40 Colorized Photos from Early 20th Century Japan

Recently released photos show daily life in early 1900s Japan.
Multimedia

Recently released photographs from the New York Public Library show a Japan in the midst of rapid modernization.

David Bowie's Enduring Fascination With Japan

David Bowie is photographed on May 11, 1983 at a press conference presenting the Japanese movie 'Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence' in Cannes, France. (Ralph Gatti/Getty Images)
ArtsCurrent Affairs

The British musician, who died on Sunday, was notable for his enthusiasm for the Asian country's culture.