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Not to be confused with Yamamoto or Daiwa.

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.


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


Japanese geography[edit]

United States geography[edit]

Antarctic geography[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.


Main article: Yamato (ship)


  • 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


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



  • Wadaiko Yamato, a Japanese musical group which performs Taiko music
  • Yamato (film), a 2005 Japanese film about the World War II Yamato battleship
  • Space Battleship Yamato (2010 film), a Japanese live action film based on the classic anime series of the same name
  • USS Yamato (NCC-71807), a Galaxy class starship and the sister ship of the USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-D) in the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation.
  • Yamato Man, a robot boss in Mega Man 6 for Nintendo Entertainment System.
  • Takeshi Yamato, alter ego of Ultraman 80 from the 1980 tokusatsu of the same name
  • Yamato, the demon-forged katana that is also Vergil's primary weapon of choice in Devil May Cry 3: Dante's Awakening
  • Yamato Cannon, an upgrade for the battlecruiser in the Starcraft series.
  • The Ark of Yamato, an area in the video game Ōkami
  • Yamato: A Rage In Heaven, a science-fiction novel by Ken Kato; and its sequel, Yamato 2: The Way Of the Warrior

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


  1. ^ 1990 Census Name Files

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