Definitions for: Japan


[n] lacquer with a durable glossy black finish, originally from the orient
[n] lacquerware decorated and varnished in the Japanese manner with a glossy durable black lacquer
[n] a string of more than 3,000 islands east of Asia extending 1,300 miles between the Sea of Japan and the western Pacific Ocean
[n] a constitutional monarchy occupying the Japanese Archipelago; a world leader in electronics and automobile manufacture and ship building
[v] lacquer with japan



Webster (1913) Definition: Ja*pan", n. [From Japan, the country.]
Work varnished and figured in the Japanese manner; also, the
varnish or lacquer used in japanning.


Ja*pan", a.
Of or pertaining to Japan, or to the lacquered work of that
country; as, Japan ware.

Japan allspice (Bot.), a spiny shrub from Japan
(Chimonanthus fragrans), related to the Carolina
allspice.

Japan black (Chem.), a quickly drying black lacquer or
varnish, consisting essentially of asphaltum dissolved in
naphtha or turpentine, and used for coating ironwork; --
called also Brunswick black, Japan lacquer, or simply
Japan.

Japan camphor, ordinary camphor brought from China or
Japan, as distinguished from the rare variety called
borneol or Borneo camphor.

Japan clover, or Japan pea (Bot.), a cloverlike plant
(Lespedeza striata) from Eastern Asia, useful for
fodder, first noticed in the Southern United States about
1860, but now become very common. During the Civil War it
was called variously Yankee clover and Rebel clover.


Japan earth. See Catechu.

Japan ink, a kind of writing ink, of a deep, glossy black
when dry.

Japan varnish, a varnish prepared from the milky juice of
the Rhus vernix, a small Japanese tree related to the
poison sumac.


Ja*pan", v. t. [imp. & p. p. Japanned; p. pr. & vb. n.
Japanning.]
1. To cover with a coat of hard, brilliant varnish, in the
manner of the Japanese; to lacquer.

2. To give a glossy black to, as shoes. [R.] --Gay.

Synonyms: Japanese Archipelago, Japanese Islands, Nihon, Nippon

See Also: archipelago, Asia, Asian country, Asian nation, Ezo, Fuji, Fuji-san, Fujiyama, Hokkaido, Hondo, Honshu, Japanese, Kammon Strait Bridge, Kyushu, lacquer, lacquer, lacquerware, Nipponese, Osaka Bay, Pacific, Pacific Ocean, Ryukyu Islands, Shikoku, Yezo

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Famous Quotes Containing Japan:


We have substantially improved our position in Japan which now represents a major part of our business.

-- David Milne (British -)

Our failure to properly deal with Germany and Japan early cost the world dearly later on. We dare not make the same mistake with China.

-- Steve Forbes (American Businessman)

I think and hope and believe that the Japanese government and the people of Japan will be happy and content with the progress of justice in this case and that it will not become a great issue in the future.

-- Howard Baker (American Statesman)

Well, that's the old story I heard about the Jackie Chan films. That, like, Jackie Chan will just keep going and when crew members drop he just replaces them. I don't know if that's true but after having worked in Japan I believe it might be true.

-- Sarah Michelle Gellar (American Actress)

We don't mind that we still have troops in Germany, or that we still have troops in Japan or Korea. But they are not in danger, and we know that they are in danger in Iraq.

-- Thelma Drake (American Politician)

I believe that this is not only the view of the people on both sides of the Strait. It is also the common expectation of the US, Japan and the international community.

-- Chen Shui-bian ( Statesman)

First off, I don't want anyone to think I'm this huge thing in Japan. Every group from here that's made any records over any length of time - even indie bands - have a Cheap Trick effect in Japan.

-- Matthew Sweet (American Musician)

It was one thing to contain the Soviet Union in Europe because Britain, France, and Germany were all willing to join in. But will Japan and other Asian countries be willing to join in the containment of China?

-- Samuel P. Huntington ( Sociologist)

I'd heard a lot of Asian people were rooting for me, but I had no idea. I was stunned. They were... impassioned, especially compared to Japan. I couldn't even have anticipated that kind of welcome.

-- Ayumi Hamasaki (Japanese Musician)

I might have played a little bit more in Europe than I have in Japan.

-- Billy Higgins (American Musician)

My goal with the Canadian border is the same goal I have for Japan and Korea.

-- Mike Johanns (American Politician)

In Japan, it becomes a huge issue in terms of not just the government and its protest against the United States, but all different groups and all different peoples in Japan start to protest.

-- Martha Smith (American Actress)

Japan is an important ally of ours. Japan and the United States of the Western industrialized capacity, 60 percent of the GNP, two countries. That's a statement in and of itself.

-- Dan Quayle (American Vice President)

We pray that henceforth not only Japan but all mankind may know the blessings of harmony and progress.

-- Shigeru Yoshida (Japanese Politician)

My clothes are very popular in Japan.

-- Vivienne Westwood (English Designer)

I was a star in Italy, Austrailia, Germany and Japan before the American stations ever paid attention at all.

-- Nancy Sinatra (American Musician)

The E.U. imports more agricultural goods from developing countries around the world than does the U.S., Canada and Japan, combined.

-- John Bruton (Irish Politician)

If you go to Japan for instance, you should know that they have a different way of playing Beethoven or Brahms. But if you play with them Mozart, Debussy, Mendelssohn, they have a wonderful light feeling for that.

-- Kurt Masur (German Musician)

When I go to Japan and do shows I play for 1,000 to 1,500 people. I like a lot about Japan. Their popular culture and mass commercialization appeals to me.

-- Matthew Sweet (American Musician)

The ambiguous orientation of Japan drove the country into the position of an invader in Asia.

-- Kenzaburo Oe (Japanese Writer)

Nevertheless, China was unfortunately unable to understand Japan's real position, and it is greatly to be regretted that the Sino-Japanese War became one of long duration.

-- Hideki Tojo (Japanese Soldier)

V-J Day, or Victory in Japan Day, marks the date of the Japanese surrender that ended fighting in the Pacific.

-- Doc Hastings (American Politician)

In addition to this, they already have a fuel cell car on the road in Japan. It is subsidized from within the corporation because they are still at a high cost.

-- Maurice Strong (Canadian Businessman)

There is fear as to whether Japan, reduced to such a predicament, could ever manage to pay reparations to certain designated Allied Powers without shifting the burden upon the other Allied Powers.

-- Shigeru Yoshida (Japanese Politician)

Yeah, I'd be happy to go back to Mexico or Japan to make another film.

-- Alex Cox (British Director)

A movie of mine is going to be released in Japan next year. I play a waitress who's a really regular girl in this movie. The English title isn't decided yet, but in Japanese it's I'll Get on the A Train Sometime.

-- Chiaki Kuriyama (Japanese Actress)

I think actually what I'm going to do when I'm done and take my next vacation, is I'm going to go over and start unions in Japan. I'm going to unionize Japan. Because the way they work those crews is so criminal. There's no overtime, so they can just keep going.

-- Sarah Michelle Gellar (American Actress)

Christianity, to be effective in Japan, must change.

-- Shusaku Endo (Japanese Author)

They emphasize the viewpoint that the protracted economic stagnation in Japan derives from incomplete economic adjustments to significant changes in relative prices.

-- Toshihiko Fukui (Japanese Public Servant)

In the recent years there have been criticisms levelled against Japan suggesting that she should offer more military forces to the United Nations forces and thereby play a more active role in the keeping and restoration of peace in various parts of the world.

-- Kenzaburo Oe (Japanese Writer)

Amsterdam must have more than a million people. But the only area where jazz is really profitable and successful in an economic sense is in Japan. That's because they haven't been exposed enough.

-- Norman Granz (American Musician)

The people in Japan know more about the history of jazz and the musicians than the people in the United States do.

-- Billy Higgins (American Musician)

Yes, the European model remains superior to that of America and Japan.

-- Jacques Delors (French Economist)

I speak of the old Japan, because out of the ashes of the old Japan there has risen a new Japan.

-- Shigeru Yoshida (Japanese Politician)

As to the war with Japan, the President had already received my memorandum in general as to the possibility of getting a substantial unconditional surrender from Japan which I had written before leaving Washington and which he had approved.

-- Henry L. Stimson (American Statesman)


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