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Multimedia: Downtown Tokyo 'Office Farm' Takes Green Building to New Heights

The exterior of Pasona Group's building in downtown Tokyo flowers with several varieties of citrus trees, displaying just a portion of the 200 species of fruits and vegetables that grow inside. (Kono Designs)

Tomatoes hang from conference room ceilings and herbs flower in hallway cubbies in Pasona Group's Tokyo office, where urban agriculture has taken root — literally.

Interview: 'Eat Your Kimchi' on the Next K-Pop Star and Learning How to Eat Korean

Seoul-based Canadian expats Martina and Simon Stawski, masterminds behind the popular Youtube channel Eat Your Kimchi, pose for a selfie.
Lifestyle

Meet Canadian expats Simon and Martina Stawski, also known popularly as Eat Your Kimchi, who document the weird and wonderful in South Korea.

Photo of the Day: A Balancing Act in Myanmar

A fisherman balances precariously while rowing with his legs in Nyaung Shwe, Myanmar on May  9, 2013. (Fabio/Flickr)
Multimedia

A fisherman balances precariously while rowing with his legs in Nyaung Shwe, Myanmar on May 9, 2013. (Fabio/Flickr)

Interview: Mother, Daughter Preserve Art Form in One of World's Most Volatile Places

Peshawar-based company LEL works to preserve pietra dura, the art of handcrafted stone inlay, adhering to ancient techniques but with contemporary innovations. Above: Iznik filigree tabletop. (Omer Gilani@Happa Studio)
Arts

Together with their team of Afghan and Pushtun artisans, Peshawar-based entrepreneurs Farhana and Meherunnisa Asad are preserving a decorative art that had been slowly petering out.

Photo of the Day: Sitting Pretty in Taiwan

A Black-naped Blue Flycatcher sits amongst the treetops at Taipei Botanical Garden in Taiwan on January 30, 2013. (John&Fish/Flickr)
Multimedia

A Black-naped Blue Flycatcher sits amongst the treetops at Taipei Botanical Garden in Taiwan on January 30, 2013. (John&Fish/Flickr)

What Reza Aslan Said About Islamophobes Before His Viral Fox News Interview

Author Reza Aslan offers a witty response to the
Multimedia

Watch a clip from Aslan's 2010 Asia Society appearance in which he boldly takes on Islamophobes and offers a witty response to the "unprecedented" wave of anti-Muslim prejudice he saw sweeping the U.S. in 2010.

Photos: On Global Tiger Day, a Look at Legendary Animal's Role in Asian Cultures

A tiger cub. (zeekwong Chan/flickr)

Today is Global Tiger Day. In honor of the occasion, we took a look at the tiger's role in three different Asian cultures and what needs to be done to ensure this legendary beast's survival.

Interview: 'Mango Bride' Author Illuminates 'Multi-Faceted' Filipino Diaspora

Novelist Marivi Soliven, author of
Arts

Novelist Marivi Soliven, who emigrated to the U.S. from the Philippines at a young age, tells Asia Blog, "I did not become a person of color until I arrived in America."

Photo of the Day: Corn on the Cob in Nepal

Multimedia

Corn is shucked and smoked and the husks are saved for later use as fuel in Kathmandu, Nepal on July 7, 2013. (Sharada Prasad/Flickr)

Biden 'Reaffirms' a US-India Relationship in Need of Stoking

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden (C) interacts with students during a visit to the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Mumbai on July 25, 2013. (Indranil Mukherjee/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

Asia Society Associate Fellow Pramit Pal Chaudhuri reports from India on U.S. Vice President Joe Biden's attempt to strengthen ties with a crucial ally in Asia.