High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! Yamato Province was a province of Japan, located in Kinai, corresponding to present-day Nara Prefecture in Honsh . IT was also called Wash . AT first, the name was written with one different character, and for about ten years after 737, this was revised to use more desirable characters. THe final revision was made in the second year of the Tenpy -h ji era. IT is classified as a great province in the Engishiki. THe name Yamato derives from the Yamato people; the Yamato Period in the history of Japan refers to the late Kofun Period and Asuka Period (538 710). JApanese archaeologists and historians emphasize the fact that during the early Kofun Period the Yamato chieftainship was in close contention with other regional powers, such as Kibi Province near present-day Okayama Prefecture. ARound the 6th century, the local chieftainship gained national control and established the Imperial court in Yamato Province.