The Chrysanthemum throne, Takamikura. Photo: AFP

As Emperor Akihito prepares to abdicate, is it bye-bye Tokyo, hello Kyoto?

Japan’s ancient capital is hoping to recreate its long-lost court culture

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The Chrysanthemum throne, Takamikura. Photo: AFP
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Julian Ryall

Julian Ryall

Julian Ryall never expected to still be in Japan 24 years after he first arrived, but he quickly realised its advantages over his native London. He lives in Yokohama with his wife and children and writes for publications around the world.