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Yamato, a peninsula on the south-westernmost portion of the Japanese island of Honshu, has historically been a region of great cultural influence. Yamato developed as a center of political power in the fertile Kinai plain of Japan from 300 to 710 A.D. This time frame is now known as the Yamato period or Kofun period, for the large (kofun) tombs that were built in honor of the political leaders of that era.

During this important period, an interchange of ideas flowed between Yamato, China, and Korea. Buddhism found its way to Japan between 538 and 552 A.D., Chinese ideas were promoted, and both moral and political principles were standardized in the Constitution of Seventeen Articles, written by the Yamato prince, Shotoku. It was also during this period that the theories of Confucianism and Taoism and the Chinese writing system were introduced to Japan and the system of nobility was developed by the Soga clan. Because of the tremendous development that occurred during the Yamato period, many historical scholars consider this is to be the foundation of traditional Japanese culture.

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