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:


On the other hand, the vast majority of all westernized countries, including every single European country along with Israel and Japan, do not offer birthright citizenship.

-- Nathan Deal (American Politician)

They were ridiculous times. After I won my world championship in 1976, I went to Japan.

-- Barry Sheene (British Celebrity)

China will be the answer to Japan's problems.

-- Carlos Ghosn (Brazilian Businessman)

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)

The main American naval forces were shifted to the Pacific region and an American admiral made a strong declaration to the effect that if war were to break out between Japan and the United States, the Japanese navy could be sunk in a matter of weeks.

-- Hideki Tojo (Japanese Soldier)

We've outpaced Japan and Europe in creating new jobs, but there's major competition from India and China. It's not enough to make income tax cuts permanent.

-- Ernest Istook (American Politician)

When Paul was arrested in Japan for having hash in his luggage, I thought he'd be out that night. But it became really serious stuff when he was kept in a cell. I became more fearful as the days went by.

-- Linda McCartney (American Photographer)

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)

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 heard the Bloc Party record Japan before it came out in the UK as they are on the V2 record label. I think it has a great vibe and has great songs. I also think the Kings of Leon are right up my street.

-- Kelly Jones (Welsh Musician)

I went to the Tokyo Film Festival in Japan because I love Japanese cinema.

-- Leslie Caron (French Actress)

There's a tremendous amount of energy in Japan and, increasingly, in China.

-- Vinton Cerf (American Inventor)

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

-- Mike Rogers ( -)

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)

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)

The reason was the failure of both Japan and China to understand each other and the inability of America and the European powers to sympathize, without prejudice, with the peoples of East Asia.

-- Hideki Tojo (Japanese Soldier)

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)

The present danger which this country faces is at least as great as the danger which we faced during the war with Germany and Japan. Briefly stated, it is the very real danger that this country, as we know it, may cease to exist.

-- James Forrestal (American Public Servant)

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)

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)

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

-- Yoshiro Mori ( -)

Further, Japan is the second largest donor in Iraq after the United States, with over $5 billion dollars for humanitarian, infrastructure and reconstruction projects.

-- Michael K. Simpson (American Politician)

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

-- Kenzaburo Oe (Japanese Writer)

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

-- Donnie Yen (Chinese Actor)

Japan's inexplicable lack of response to even consider a move to re-open their market to U.S. beef will sorely tempt economic trade action against Japan.

-- Saxby Chambliss (American Politician)

If your computer speaks English, it was probably made in Japan.

-- Alan Perlis (American Scientist)

Another question has been raised rather widely in Europe, in Japan as well as in the United States is what, to what extent will the euro become a reserve currency.

-- Robert C. Solomon (American Educator)

China should bury head to work diligently for 10 years and then raise head to face Japan.

-- Yuan Shikai (Chinese Soldier)

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

-- Paul Getty (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)

Well, in Japan, I have got a group of musicians that I have worked with a lot, that concentrate just on the hardcore stuff, say, that Naked City has been working on. We have like a repertoire of sixty songs now.

-- John Zorn (American Composer)

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)

But in Japan, there's nothing like that, since the temple is made of wood. The divine spirit inside the building is eternal, so the enclosure doesn't have to be.

-- Tadao Ando (Japanese Architect)

We're not necessarily the ski boat, we're the skier. There are countries like Japan and Korea and others who are the ski boat at this point, but we're getting pulled right behind them.

-- Steve Largent (American Athlete)

Yesterday, December seventh, 1941, a date which will live in infamy, the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.

-- Franklin D. Roosevelt (American President)


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