Yawata Crossing was the second largest city on the planet Sphinx with a population of over 1.5 million.
Around 1518 PD, it served as the temporary planetary capital due to the population loss of the old capital because of the plague. At this time, it had a population of about thirty thousand. (Tech Bu9)
In February 1922 PD, it was hit and completely destroyed by debris from the space station Vulcan, which had been attacked by the Mesan Alignment Navy as part of Operation Oyster Bay. (HH12) This attack soon became known to Manticore and its allies as the Yawata Strike. (HH13)