The Yamato Dynasty

The Yamato Dynasty


The Yamato dynasty of Japan traces its origins to 660 A.D., making them the oldest continuous hereditary monarchy in the world.


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Japan's Yamato dynasty traces its origins back to 660, making it the oldest continuous hereditary monarchy in the world. The 79-year-old Emperor Akihito has reigned since 1989 and is, according to legend, the 125th emperor in his line, though there's some debate as to the exact count of emperors. His seat is called the Chrysanthemum Throne and sits in the Imperial Palace in Kyoto.


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