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

-- John Boorman (British Director)

I am busy touring all over Europe, Japan, and Australia.

-- Suzi Quatro (American Musician)

For too long, Japan has been dragging its feet as it ignores the steps the U.S. has made to ensure a safe beef supply and shows a disregard for our prior trade pacts.

-- Randy Neugebauer (American Politician)

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

-- Dennis Banks (American Educator)

We believe in fair exchange rates and Japan doesn't practice that. They have massive U.S. dollar reserves, and they use them to intervene regularly.

-- Rick Wagoner (American Businessman)

The staff at the Institute will present an analysis on how asset price fluctuations and subsequent structural adjustments influence sustained economic growth, based on Japan's experience since the second half of the 1980s.

-- Toshihiko Fukui (Japanese Public Servant)

We have new developing ties with Japan whom always supports our democratic process and economic development.

-- Ali A. Saleh ( -)

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)

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)

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)

Well the least favourite question is the one that one's asked particularly about in Japan is what's the difference between theatre and cinema and I think, well, that's about eighty bucks.

-- Andrew Lloyd Webber (British Composer)

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)

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)

In Japan they prefer the realistic style. They like answers and conclusions, but my stories have none. I want to leave them wide open to every possibility. I think my readers understand that openness.

-- Haruki Murakami (Japanese Writer)

China will be the answer to Japan's problems.

-- Carlos Ghosn (Brazilian Businessman)

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)

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

-- Donnie Yen (Chinese Actor)

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)

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)

In Japan, you get on the bullet train or the airplane, and I loved the little speeches the stewardesses would do. They even do little speeches before you play gigs.

-- Beck (American Musician)

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)

A vote for Japan is a vote for the future of rugby. We will do our best to make rugby a global sport.

-- Yoshiro Mori ( -)

From another point of view, a new situation now seems to be arising in which Japan's prosperity is going to be incorporated into the expanding potential power of both production and consumption in Asia at large.

-- Kenzaburo Oe (Japanese Writer)

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)

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)

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)

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

-- Miriam Beard ( -)

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)

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)

The President is of opinion that if Japan makes a treaty with the United States, all other foreign countries will make the same kind of a treaty, and Japan will be safe thereafter.

-- Townsend Harris (American Businessman)

I can take pot or leave it. I got busted in Japan for it. I was nine days without it and there wasn't a hint of withdrawal, nothing.

-- Paul McCartney (English Musician)

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)

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)

The rise of China as a new power is another great challenge for the US. Our failure to properly handle Germany and Japan earlier in the 20th century cost us and the world dearly. We must not make this same mistake with China.

-- Steve Forbes (American Businessman)


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