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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.

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. 

The 2016 Nuclear Security Summit: What to Look For

Paul J. Richards/AFP Photos
Policy

In an AsiaConnect call on Friday, Dr. Gary Samore discussed the role of Asia in preventing nuclear terrorism, containing North Korea, and other subjects.

'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.

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."

How the Trans-Pacific Partnership Benefits Japan

Nick Khazal/Asia Society
Policy

A panel discussion moderated by ASPI Vice President Wendy Cutler characterized the trade agreement as a boon to Asia's second-largest economy.

Photos: Japan's 3/11 Tsunami, Then and Now

Interactive before and after photos show areas after they were hit by Japan's great tsunami in 2011, and how the same places look in today. (James Whitlow Delano)
Current AffairsMultimedia

James Whitlow Delano photographed scenes of devastation and destruction following the Japanese tsunami in March 2011. Five years later, he revisited the same places to see how things have changed.

#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.