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:


In Japan itself there have all along been attempts by some to obliterate the article about renunciation of war from the Constitution and for this purpose they have taken every opportunity to make use of pressures from abroad.

-- Kenzaburo Oe (Japanese Writer)

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

-- Kenzaburo Oe (Japanese Writer)

Japan is the only country in the world to have suffered the ravages of atomic bombing. That experience left an indelible mark on the hearts of our people, making them passionately determined to renounce all wars.

-- Eisaku Sato (Japanese Politician)

And it's very strange, but I think there is something very common - not only in Celtic music - but there is a factor or element in Celtic music that is similar in music that we find in Japan, the United States, Europe, and even China and other Asian countries.

-- Nobuo Uematsu (Japanese Composer)

If the military might of Germany and Japan are ultimately to be crushed, the United Nations, one and all, must definitely and urgently strive toward a total war effort.

-- William Lyon Mackenzie King (Canadian Politician)

The problem of Italy is not really a question of age. Japan has an older population, and it is now in full economic recovery. The problem is that Italy is old in the structure of the society.

-- Romano Prodi (Italian Statesman)

Japan is the only country in the world which suffered from the scourge of nuclear weapons.

-- Yoshiro Mori ( -)

If I write in my name to the agents of England and France residing in Asia and inform them that Japan is ready to make a commercial treaty with their countries, the number of steamers will be reduced from fifty to two or three.

-- Townsend Harris (American Businessman)

One must learn, if one is to see the beauty in Japan, to like an extraordinarily restrained and delicate loveliness.

-- Miriam Beard ( -)

If America would withdraw from South Korea, there could be a power struggle between such as China and Japan.

-- Kim Dae Jung (South Korean Leader)

When we arrived in Japan in 1988, we were not prepared for the overwhelming support shown to us.

-- Dennis Banks (American Educator)

In Japan, I was immensely impressed by the politeness, industrious nature and conscientiousness of the Japanese people.

-- Paul Getty (American Businessman)

I can't tell you how important it was for us to be successful in japan.

-- Trip Hawkins (American Businessman)

If these assets were set up as a revolving fund with which Japan could import raw materials for its industries, Japanese exports could again enter the channels of world trade-and Japanese workers would have employment and something to eat.

-- James Forrestal (American Public Servant)

I won a great giant slalom in Japan last week, and it gave me momentum for this final part of the season.

-- Hermann Maier (Austrian Athlete)

Therefore, if one were to consider that there was virtually no possibility of success through the US-Japan negotiations, the military and economic pressures would only force Japan into further crisis if time were allowed to pass in vain.

-- Hideki Tojo (Japanese Soldier)

We have listened here to the delegates who have recalled the terrible human suffering, and the great material destruction of the late war in the Pacific. It is with feelings of sorrow that we recall the part played in that catastrophic human experience by the old Japan.

-- Shigeru Yoshida (Japanese Politician)

Japan and China are isolated and without intercourse with other countries; hence the President directed me to attend to or watch the state of affairs in China also.

-- Townsend Harris (American Businessman)

Compared to industry in Europe or Japan, where industry was based on a craft tradition, we are sadly behind.

-- Arthur Erickson (Canadian Architect)

Every once in a while I run the Olympic downhill in Japan in my head. I think of how the energy is going to flow and then I make it all work for myself.

-- Picabo Street (American Athlete)

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, I've never been to Japan so I couldn't say. I do know that we have a bit of a following there however.

-- Trevor Dunn (American Musician)

I got nominated for my second film as best young director in the Aikido Film Festival in Japan.

-- Donnie Yen (Chinese Actor)

Did you know that the word "tsunami," which is now being used worldwide, is a Japanese word? This is indicative of the extent to which Japan has been subject to frequent tsunami disasters in the past.

-- Junichiro Koizumi (Japanese Statesman)

I couldn't speak Japanese very well, passport regulations were changing, I felt British, and my future was in Britain. And it would also make me eligible for literary awards. But I still think I'm regarded as one of their own in Japan.

-- Kazuo Ishiguro (Japanese Author)

Japan is not a Western democracy. The Japanese have kept their traditions, culture and heritage, but they have joined the community of free nations.

-- Natan Sharansky (Russian Writer)

The more that Japanese players go to the big leagues to play and succeed, the more that will serve to inspire young kids in Japan to want to become baseball players when they grow up.

-- Ichiro Suzuki (Japanese Athlete)

Japan has opened a new chapter in its history.

-- Shigeru Yoshida (Japanese Politician)

If Japan had been near to either England or France, war would have broken out long ago.

-- Townsend Harris (American Businessman)

I miss riding those fast trains in Japan... 'cause I'd never seen a train that fast in my life.

-- Ike Turner (American Musician)

The worldwide, agelong struggle between fascism and democracy will not stop when the fighting ends in Germany and Japan.

-- Henry A. Wallace (American Vice President)

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)

The role of Italy and of Austria has diminished as has that of France and Britain; Germany and Japan have suffered catastrophically.

-- Emily Greene Balch (American Educator)

Self-deception ultimately explains Japan's plight. The Japanese have never accepted that change is in their interest - and not merely a response to U.S. criticism.

-- Paul Samuelson (American Economist)

But, I've made films in Japan, in Yugoslavia, all over Europe, all over the United States, Mexico, but not Hollywood.

-- Sydney Pollack (American Director)


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