We journey to the heart of these beautiful lands to understand the relationship between the people and their monarchs. To many, their royal family hampers progression. To others, the royals are the heart and soul of their nation. Asia's monarchies are at a tipping-point and what happens to each of them will bring about a whole new era that will affect not only the East but the whole world.
The Japanese Imperial family is the oldest hereditary monarchy in the world, dating back to the sixth century BC. However, its central role Japan has not prevented controversy in recent years. Through personal scandals, and vagaries of the hereditary system, even to their own biology, its been a rocky time. But what is left if every tradition is changeable?