Yamato period, portion of Japanese history (c.A.D. 200–646) during which the imperial center was Yamato, the area around current-day Nara, near Osaka. During this time the Japanese empire included much of central Japan and parts of southern Korea. The period was characterized by the influence of Chinese culture on Japanese arts and government, and the transmission of the Buddhist religion from China to Japan (although the primary popular religion remained Shinto).
See also: Japan.