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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)
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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)
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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


"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)

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.

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)

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

Apology for Racial Insensitivity at Oscars Fails to Mollify Asian-American Community

Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, an Asia Society Asia 21 Young Leader and Asia Game Changer, won an Academy Award for Best Documentary last month. (Elsa Ruiz/Asia Society
Current Affairs

Actor George Takei called the mea culpa "a bland, corporate response."

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)

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

Interview: Padma Lakshmi

(Inez & Vinoodh/Courtesy of HarperCollins)
Current Affairs

The model, actress, and television host talks about the healing powers of food — and what Asian foods we should all be eating.

#TBT: In 2010, Cosplayers Descend on Asia Society

On October 15, 2010, audience members join Japanese singer Reni Mimura onstage for a performance during a cosplay competition at Asia Society in New York. (Elaine Merguerian/Asia Society)
Current Affairs

Each week for "Throwback Thursday" (#TBT), we'll reach into our archives to find a photo from the organization's 60-year history. This week: A 2010 cosplay competition at Asia Society in New York.