) is an ancient name of Japan
. The term was semantically extended
to mean “Japan” or “Japanese” in general. As such, the Ryukyuans
sometimes use this name in contrasting mainland Japan with Okinawa Prefecture
, and in the Okinawan language
, Yamato is called "Yamatu". The term is thus a name for many things, and due to these, it is occasionally a point of contention.
- 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
- Yamato 1, the first working prototype of a ship with a magnetohydrodynamic drive
Imperial Japanese Navy
- Yamato Province, a former province of Japan that covered the part of Honshu 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 Wako, Saitama on 31 October 1970
- Yamato Village (as it was named upon its establishment on 1 November 1919), which changed its name to Higashi-yamato, Tokyo on 1 October 1970
United States geography
- 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
- Otoko-tachi no Yamato, a 2005 Japanese World War II film about the Yamato Japanese battleship
- Yamato Man, A Robot Master from the video game Mega Man VI
- Yamato Cannon, a powerful weapon of Terran Battlecruisers in the popular 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
Anime and Manga
- Space Battleship Yamato, a Japanese science fiction anime series created by Leiji Matsumoto and the name of its eponymous space craft; called Star Blazers in the West
- Kira Yamato, the protagonist of the television anime series Mobile Suit Gundam SEED and an important character in Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny
- Minazuki Yamato, a character in the manga Kamikaze Kaito Jeanne
- Yamato Delgado ("Daiwa" in the Japanese version), the main character in the Battle B-Daman anime and manga series
- Yamato Ishida ("Matt" in the English dub), a fictional character in the anime and manga series Digimon Adventure and Digimon Adventure 02
- Yamato, a fictional character in the manga and anime Naruto
- Yamato Akitsuki, a fictional character in manga/anime Suzuka
- Waki Yamato, a manga author
- Yamato Kotobuki, a fictional character in the anime/manga Super Gals!
- Shiroi Senshi Yamato (Yamato, the White Fighter), a manga by Yoshihiro Takahashi
- Yamato, a big battleship headed by Isoroku Yamamoto in the anime Zipang (the anime's depiction of the real battleship).
- Takeru Yamato is the real Eyeshield 21 in the same called manga/anime.
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, Inc., which was part of a bond scandal in 1995