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:


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)

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)

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)

Living in Europe, I was surprised to find out just how little everyone knows about Japan.

-- Hidetoshi Nakata (Japanese Athlete)

It was as if Japan had fallen victim to a case of collective amnesia.

-- Peter Goldman ( -)

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)

So that between the Cape of St. Maria and Japan we were four months and twenty-two days; at which time there were no more than six besides myself that could stand upon his feet.

-- Will Adams (English Explorer)

In Japan, Australia, and England there is such a strong youth culture.

-- Marc Newson (Australian Designer)

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)

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

-- Ike Turner (American Musician)

China will be the answer to Japan's problems.

-- Carlos Ghosn (Brazilian Businessman)

In Japan, mothers insist on achievement and accomplishment as a sign of love and respect. Thus to fail places children in a highly shamed situation.

-- Michael Lewis ( -)

We discussed the history of postwar Japan and how Japan had missed an opportunity to build a more functional democracy because of the focus on fighting communism driven in large part by the American occupation.

-- Joichi Ito (Japanese Businessman)

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)

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)

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)

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)

Throughout that period, Japan had made honest efforts to keep the destruction of war from spreading and, based on the belief that all nations of the world should find their places, had followed a policy designed to restore an expeditious peace between Japan and China.

-- Hideki Tojo (Japanese Soldier)

During this period, Japan's peaceful commercial relations were successively obstructed, primarily by the American rupture of commercial relations, and this was a grave threat to the survival of Japan.

-- Hideki Tojo (Japanese Soldier)

Influenza is a serious disease. Kids die of influenza, both in Japan and the United States, and if you give a drug to people who are at risk of dying, there will be people who die who got the drug,... There is no signal the drug is doing it as opposed to the disease.

-- Robert Nelson (Canadian Politician)

Japan is a great nation. It should begin to act like one.

-- John C. Danforth (American Politician)

So, anything that avoids a conflict that could draw in, unhappily again, outside powers such as the United States or revisit, for example, Japan's interests in the Taiwan area would be the last thing that anyone would want.

-- William Kirby (English Scientist)

And also, I think Japan places great value on the lyrics.

-- Utada Hikaru (Japanese Musician)

So such an American troops presence in Korea in the South and Japan, total some 100,000 should stay there forever, even after unification of Korean peninsula.

-- Kim Dae Jung (South Korean Leader)

Geisha because when I was living in Japan, I met a fellow whose mother was a geisha, and I thought that was kind of fascinating and ended up reading about the subject just about the same time I was getting interested in writing fiction.

-- Arthur Golden (American Writer)

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

-- Donnie Yen (Chinese Actor)

Alabama farmers want a chance to complete fairly in Japan, but they can't if the Japanese won't let us in.

-- Mike Rogers ( -)

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

-- Dennis Banks (American Educator)

You should hear the guy who dubs me in Japan. I like him the most. He has a high squeaky voice.

-- James MacArthur (American Actor)

My observation is that after one hundred and twenty years of modernisation since the opening of the country, present-day Japan is split between two opposite poles of ambiguity.

-- Kenzaburo Oe (Japanese Writer)

Japan continues to work closely with the United States on the issue of the North Korean nuclear crisis and has played an important and constructive role in the Six-Party talks.

-- Michael K. Simpson (American Politician)

When I got on the airplane in Indonesia coming to Japan, my intentions was to turn myself in to the military for the simple reason I would like to put my daughters with their mother, one thing. Another thing, I'd like to clear my conscience.

-- Robert Jenkins (English Soldier)

We find Japan a little more difficult to understand because it has proven its 20th century prowess though the ancient traditions still persist.

-- Arthur Erickson (Canadian Architect)

Japan's experience suggests the importance of assessing the sustainability of price stability over a fairly long period, which many central banks have emphasized in recent years.

-- Toshihiko Fukui (Japanese Public Servant)

When the ambassadors of other foreign countries come to Japan to make treaties, they can be told that such and such a treaty has been made with the ambassador of the United States, and they will rest satisfied with this.

-- Townsend Harris (American Businessman)


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