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Yamato (大和) was originally the area around today's Sakurai City in Nara Prefecture of Japan. Later the term was used as the name of the province and also as an ancient name of Japan. The term was semantically extended to mean “Japan” or “Japanese” in general, and carries many of the same connotations as Americana does for the United States.

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Japanese history

  • Yamato people, the dominant ethnic group of Japan
  • Yamato period, which is the period of Japanese history when the Japanese Imperial court ruled from Yamato Province
  • Yamato-damashii, the nationalistic "Japanese spirit"
  • Yamato Nadeshiko, The ideology of the perfect Japanese woman, used as propaganda in World War II.
  • Yamato Takeru, a legendary Japanese prince of the Yamato dynasty
  • Yamato-e, classical Japanese painting

Ships

  • Yamato 1, the first working prototype of a ship with a magnetohydrodynamic drive

Imperial Japanese Navy

Japanese geography

  • Yamato Province, a former province of Japan that covered the part of Honshū that is present-day Nara Prefecture
  • Yamato, Kanagawa, a city in Kanagawa Prefecture
  • Yamato, Fukuoka, a town in Fukuoka Prefecture
  • Yamato, Fukushima, a town in Fukushima Prefecture
  • Yamato, Saga, a town in Saga Prefecture
  • Yamato, Kumamoto, a town in Kumamoto Prefecture
  • Yamato, Ibaraki, a village in Ibaraki Prefecture
  • Yamato, Kagoshima, a village in Kagoshima Prefecture
  • Yamato, Yamanashi, a village in Yamanashi Prefecture
  • Yamato, Gifu, a former town in Gifu Prefecture, which on 1 March 2004 became a part of Gujo City, Japan
  • Yamato, Niigata, a former town in Niigata, Japan, which on 1 November 2004 merged with the town of Muika, Japan forming the city of Minamiuonuma, Japan
  • Yamato, Yamaguchi, a former town in Yamaguchi Prefecture, which on 4 October 2004 merged into Hikari, Japan
  • Yamato Town (as it was named upon its establishment in 1943), which changed its name to Wakō, Saitama on 31 October 1970
  • Yamato Village (as it was named upon its establishment on 1 November 1919), which changed its name to Higashiyamato, Tokyo on 1 October 1970

Japanese organizations

  • Yamato (movement), a western Japanese independence movement [1]
  • Yamato Youth Arts Association Inc., a Kyoto based America-touring inter-cultural Drum Corps competing in DCI's open class. Yamato Drum Corps official website

United States geography

  • Yamato Colony, California, a Japanese-American agricultural community in California
  • Yamato Colony, Florida, a Japanese farm settlement in South Florida in the first half of the twentieth century
  • Yamato Colony, Texas, a Japanese-American owned sugar cane plantation in Texas

Antarctic geography

Companies

Entertainment

  • Wadaiko Yamato, a Japanese musical group which performs Taiko music
  • USS Yamato (NCC-71807), a Galaxy Class starship in the Star Trek fictional universe which was a sister ship of the USS Enterprise
  • Yamato (film), a 2005 Japanese World War II film about the Yamato Japanese battleship
  • Yamato Man, A Robot Master from the video game Mega Man 6
  • Yamato Cannon, a powerful secondary weapon equipped on Terran Battlecruisers in the PC game StarCraft .
  • The katana of Vergil, a character from the Devil May Cry series of video games
  • The name of a legendary ark in Ōkami
  • Two military science fiction novels by Ken Kato, both set in the 24th Century: Yamato: A Rage In Heaven; and Yamato 2: The Way Of the Warrior. Both were written during the early-to-mid-1990's; the paperback versions of each were published in a pair of separate installments, while the hardcover versions were published in a single installment.
  • Yamato, one of the Alliance Fleet ships that carried the squadron "Ronin" and later "Tigers" on the PC and Dreamcast title Starlancer
  • The name of a weapon in "Phantasy Star Online".
  • Space Battleship Yamato (live action film), a Japanese live action film based on the classic anime series of the same name.

Anime and Manga

Animals

People

Yamato
Family name
Pronunciation Yamato
Region of origin Japanese
Footnotes: [2]

See also

Yamato is usually written as "大和", but these two characters can also be read as "Daiwa" or "Taiwa."

Yamato may erroneously refer to:

  • Daiwa, Hiroshima, a former town in Hiroshima Prefecture, which on 22 March 2005 merged with two other towns to form the city of Mihara, Japan
  • Daiwa, Shimane, a former village in Shimane Prefecture, which on 1 October 2004 merged with Ochi, Shimane to form the town of Misato, Japan
  • Taiwa, Miyagi, a town in Miyagi Prefecture
  • Daiwa Bank, now a part of Resona Holdings, which was part of a bond scandal in 1995

References

  1. ^ an article at Wikinfo: Yamato
  2. ^ 1990 Census Name Files
  3. ^ an article at the Asian pop wiki Wiki.ThePPN: YAMATO

Wiktionary

Up to date as of January 15, 2010

Definition from Wiktionary, a free dictionary

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English

Etymology

Japanese 大和, great harmony

Proper noun

Yamato

  1. ancient name for Japan

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