Yamato

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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.

Japanese history[edit]

  • 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
  • Yamato Takeru, a legendary Japanese prince of the Yamato dynasty
  • Yamato-e, classical Japanese painting
  • Yamato-uta, alternative term for waka (poetry)
  • Yamatai, a related geographical term in ancient literature whose connection to Yamato is subject to an ongoing scholarly debate
  • Daiwa is spelled using the same Kanji as Yamato.

People[edit]

Yamato
Family name
Pronunciation Yamato
Region of origin Japanese
Footnotes: [1]

Geography[edit]

Japanese geography[edit]

United States geography[edit]

Antarctic geography[edit]

Meteorites[edit]

  • Yamato 691, a 4.5 billion year old meteorite discovered by members of the Japanese Antarctic Research Expedition in 1969
  • Yamato 791197, the first rock to be found on Earth identified as a lunar meteorite
  • Yamato 000593 a Martian meteorite found by the Japanese Antarctic Research Expedition in in 2000.

Ships[edit]

  • Yamato 1, the first working prototype of a ship with a magnetohydrodynamic drive
  • Yamato-class battleship, a class of 2 Japanese battleships of World War II
  • Yamato, corvette of the Katsuragi class, launched in 1885 and used as a prison from 1935. Sunk by a typhoon in 1945
  • Yamato Maru, originally the Italian ship Giuseppe Verdi that was built in 1914 and transported thousands of Italians to Ellis Island; sold to the Japanese in the 1920s and renamed Yamato Maru, sunk by a US submarine in 1943 in the Philippines.

Companies[edit]

  • Yamato Transport, Japan's largest door-to-door delivery service company
  • Yamato Motor Co. Ltd., the producer of boats and motors for Kyōtei
  • Yamato Life
  • Yamato Scale, a commercial weighing and packaging equipment manufacturing company

Animals[edit]

  • Caridina multidentata (Yamato shrimp), an invertebrate frequently used in the planted freshwater aquarium, known for eating algae

Language[edit]

Entertainment[edit]

Anime and Manga[edit]

See also[edit]

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
  • Yamato Man, a Robot Master in the game Mega Man 6

References[edit]

  1. ^ 1990 Census Name Files

See also[edit]