Aum Asahara Gallery

Japanese cult leader


Shoko Asahara born Chizuo Matsumoto on March 2, 1955. He is a founder of the controversial Japanese new religious group Aum Shinrikyo (now known as Aleph). Asahara has been convicted of masterminding the 1995 Sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subway and several other crimes, and has been sentenced to death. His legal team appealed the sentence, but the appeal has been declined, and he is currently awaiting execution.



AUM Japanese magazine featuring a picture when he was captured

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Shoko Asahara faced 27 murder counts in 13 separate indictments. The prosecution argued that Asahara "gave orders to attack the Tokyo Subway" in order to "overthrow the government and install himself in the position of king of Japan". Several years later, the prosecution forwarded an additional theory that the attacks were ordered to "divert police attention" (from Aum). The prosecution also accused Asahara of masterminding the Matsumoto incident and the Sakamoto family murder. According to Asahara's defense team, a group of senior followers initiated the atrocities, keeping them a secret from Asahara.


Some of the disciples testified against Asahara, and he was found guilty on 13 of 17 charges, including the Sakamoto family murder, while four were dropped. He was sentenced to death by hanging on February 27, 2004.
The trial has been referred to as the "trial of the century" by the Japanese media. Yoshihiro Yasuda, the most experienced attorney on Shoko Asahara's defence team, was arrested and was unable to participate in his legal defence, though he was subsequently acquitted before the end of the trial. Human Rights Watch criticized Yasuda's isolation. Asahara was thus defended solely by court-appointed lawyers.

Shortly after the beginning of the trial, Shoko Asahara cooperated with his defence counsel and provided explanations regarding the doctrine of Aum Shinrikyo, aims of the organization, and other matters. Later he resigned from the post of Aum Shinrikyo representative in order to help prevent the group's forceful dissolution. Since then, Asahara has ceased to speak even with his family members and supposedly spends his days in meditation. Media reports referred to Asahara "sitting with eyes closed" or "incoherently mumbling" during his trial hearings.



Crime scene pictures taken after the subway gas attack





On March 20, 1995, members of Aum attacked the Tokyo Subway System with the nerve gas sarin. Twelve commuters died, and thousands more suffered from after-effects. After finding sufficient evidence, authorities accused Aum Shinrikyo of complicity in the attack, as well as in a number of smaller-scale incidents. Tens of disciples were arrested, Aum's facilities were raided, and the court issued an order for Shoko Asahara's arrest.

Asahara was discovered in a very small, completely isolated room of the building belonging to Aum, meditating. Asahara had strongly spoken against oily meats and junk foods, deeming them a tool of a Judeo-Freemason conspiracy. Going against these teachings, deep-fried prawns were found in his refrigerator after the capture. It is notable that after the Tokyo sarin gas attacks, the Dalai Lama referred to him as his "friend, albeit an imperfect one”; only later he did distance himself from the Guru.


Original Japanese magazine with AUM ASAHARA on the front page

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Original 8 x 10 clipping poster of SHOKO ASAHARA

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The legal team appealed against the ruling on the grounds that Asahara was mentally unfit, and psychiatric examinations were undertaken. During the examination, conducted by a psychiatrist, Asahara never talked. However, he communicated with the staff at his detainment facility, which convinced the examiner that Asahara was maintaining his silence out of free will (as stated in the report). Because his lawyers didn't submit the statement of reason for appeal, Tokyo high court decided not to grant them leave to appeal on March 27, 2006. This decision was upheld by the Supreme Court of Japan on September 15, 2006.


These 2 AUM balloons used in parades
The Blue balloon has an image of Gonesa, a Hindu God
The Red has the image of Shoko with his name written under
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The Supreme Truth



This AUM CULT Calendar from 1988
Shows a praying Shoko Asahara

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These AUM CULT beads bracelet, bought from Tokyo in 1995 – RARE
The clear bead represents Shoko Asahara
To Kill everybody with Gas ( The Immeasurable Gift)





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Various page on the inside of this book explaining the supreme truth and discussing stories about different prophets trough time ...







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