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:


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)

Japan is dealing us a dead hand. For two years we have watched the Japanese drag their feet and we can't let them continue to slam the door in our faces.

-- Craig L. Thomas (American Politician)

In most places that are rich in guitar culture, everyone uses their fingers, like in Spain or Africa. In Japan there are string instruments played that way. It is not until you get in the States that you find people using picks.

-- Kevin Eubanks (American Musician)

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

-- Ike Turner (American Musician)

India and Japan should develop a complementary relationship in information technology.

-- Yoshiro Mori ( -)

The U.S. along with China, Japan, South Korea and Russia has an important role to play in containing North Korea's nuclear ambitions and exerting all the influence we can possibly exert.

-- Zach Wamp (American Politician)

Americans are somehow obsessed with her, and something about me hit a spot with people in Japan.

-- Utada Hikaru (Japanese Musician)

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

-- Kenzaburo Oe (Japanese Writer)

The way Japan had tried to build up a modern state modelled on the West was cataclysmic.

-- Kenzaburo Oe (Japanese Writer)

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)

Paradoxically, the people and state of Japan living on such moral props were not innocent but had been stained by their own past history of invading other Asian countries.

-- Kenzaburo Oe (Japanese Writer)

Traveling is definitely something that your average 17-year-old doesn't get to do. One week we're in Japan, one week we're in Australia, one week we're back home going to football games.

-- Solange Knowles (American Actress)

The greatest problem all around the world today, whether in America, Japan, China Russia, India or anywhere else in the world, is that people are not in peace. People want peace.

-- Prem Rawat (Indian Leader)

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)

I loved Japan. I used to read a lot about it when I was a child. And I always wanted to go. And it was delightful. I absolutely loved it. What a smashing place.

-- Billy Connolly (Scottish Comedian)

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)

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

-- Alan Perlis (American Scientist)

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)

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)

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)

Sure, President Bush can say that the U.S. government won't fund stem cell research, but believe me, Japan is applauding. Because they will just do it first and get all the patents.

-- Kevin J. Anderson (American Writer)

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

-- Shigeru Yoshida (Japanese Politician)

The causes of the China Incident were the exclusion and insult of Japan throughout China, the exclusion of Japanese goods, the persecution of Japanese residents in China, and the illegal violation of Japanese rights.

-- Hideki Tojo (Japanese Soldier)

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

-- Utada Hikaru (Japanese Musician)

I was in Japan, and my assistant director had worked with Kurosawa. I used quite of number of Kurosawa's crew.

-- John Boorman (British Director)

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)

The desire to see Okinawa returned to Japan developed into a broad national consensus among our people.

-- Eisaku Sato (Japanese Politician)

Germany, Japan and, to a lesser extent, Britain and Italy, were lifted out of the debris of war by the Americans who poured in billions of dollars and forgave other billions in debts.

-- Gordon Sinclair (Canadian Journalist)

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

-- Barry Sheene (British Celebrity)

So it helped me to just let go of all my tensions and feelings about that world and say 'OK, this is for my fans in Japan. They'll be nice and get into it and have fun.' And it was the first record I made at my home studio.

-- Matthew Sweet (American Musician)

Clearly, Japan is a most important market for digital consumer products.

-- David Milne (British -)

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)

I would point out that Japan's proposal at the Versailles Peace Conference on the principle of racial equality was rejected by delegates such as those from Britain and the United States.

-- Hideki Tojo (Japanese Soldier)

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)

People give me things at shows-the Robot from Japan. What I would treasure the most is a little doll of the general from the movie-and if they don't make it, I'll make my own and bring it to shows and sign it.

-- Mark Goddard (American Actor)


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