By Bryan Baier
Inhabited since ancient times, the city area nurtured paddy field agriculture in the fertile Nara Basin since its pre-history. Large keyhole type burial "kofun" mounds were constructed in the northwestern part of the city around the 5th century.
With the introduction of Western civilisation into Japan, a modern spinning factory was set up in Yamato Takada at the end of the nineteenth century. Since then, the city became a center of the modern textile industry. After the Second World War, Takada was designated as a city in 1948. In 1963, the city of Yamatotakada established, through the arrangement of an Australian Catholic father, a sister-city relationship with Lismore in NSW, Australia. It is known as the first such relationship between the two countries.
Yamato Takada is served by the Kintetsu Osaka line, Minami Osaka line, and JR Wakayama line.
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I'm 49 years young and come from Auckland, New Zealand. I have now lived in Japan about 25 years, almost the entire time has been spent in the Kansai area. I originally lived in Takamatsu, Kagawa prefecture in 1987 and then moved to Osaka. Spending a few years in Osaka and when I married I moved to South Kyoto/Nara. I have been teaching English at several universities for a few years and since 2007 have been living in Nara. I realised after living here a while that I didn't really know much about the area I have been living in. My usual routine was to go in a straight line between home and work, and a beer on the way home. I have found some great little drinking spots and bars in my travels. Getting involved with Japan Tourist it has offered me the opportunity to go out and explore my neigborhood and to share my adventures as someone who has made Japan my home for 25 years. I hope that through Japan Tourist people will come to see the real Japan and learn a little more about the Nara I have come to know that you won't really learn about in guide books.