Now and Zen: A history of Japanese eras
Japan's Emperor Akihito abdicated a year ago today
A new emperor is in town: Emperor Naruhito is Japan's 126th emperor, which has meant a new era. The Reiwa period follows the Heisei era under Naruhito's father and previous emperor, Akihito, who declared his historic abdication, becoming the first emperor to stand down in more than 200 years.
Over the years, Japan has seen hundreds of changes, from earthquake destruction to technological innovation. Get to know the country's history, and the world's oldest monarchy, with this guide to Japan's sprawling past.
LIFESTYLE Animal kingdom
CELEBRITY Celebrity deaths
LIFESTYLE Victory in europe day
HEALTH Middle age