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Photo of the Day: Headed for Shore in India

A rower makes his way along the Ganges River in Varanasi, India on May 6, 2013. (Elliot Scott/Flickr)
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A rower makes his way along the Ganges River in Varanasi, India on May 6, 2013. (Elliot Scott/Flickr)

Photos: Henna, Color, and Ceremony Mark Summer Shravan Celebrations in Nepal

A Nepalese Hindu devotee holds up offerings in honour of Lord Shiva, the Hindu God of destruction, at the Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu on July 22, 2013. (Prakash Mathema/AFP/Getty Images)
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Festivities commemorating Shravan, the holiest month of the Hindu calendar, are well underway in Nepal, and devotees are celebrating with vivid colors and timeless rituals.

Photo of the Day: Ancient Detail in Cambodia

An intricately carved column stands in the Angkor Wat Temple in Siem Reap, Cambodia on March 4, 2013.
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An intricately carved column stands in the Banteay Srei Temple in Angkor, Cambodia on March 4, 2013.(Susanna Cesaro/Flickr)

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)
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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)
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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
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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.