• WordNet 3.6
    • v japan coat with a lacquer, as done in Japan
    • n japan lacquer with a durable glossy black finish, originally from the orient
    • n japan lacquerware decorated and varnished in the Japanese manner with a glossy durable black lacquer
    • n Japan a string of more than 3,000 islands to the east of Asia extending 1,300 miles between the Sea of Japan and the western Pacific Ocean
    • n Japan a constitutional monarchy occupying the Japanese Archipelago; a world leader in electronics and automobile manufacture and ship building
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The national sport of Japan is sumo wrestling
    • a Japan Of or pertaining to Japan, or to the lacquered work of that country; as, Japan ware.
    • Japan To cover with a coat of hard, brilliant varnish, in the manner of the Japanese; to lacquer.
    • Japan To give a glossy black to, as shoes.
    • n Japan jȧ*păn" Work varnished and figured in the Japanese manner; also, the varnish or lacquer used in japanning.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In Japan, coffee shops are called Kissaten.
    • japan Of or pertaining to Japan: as, Japan varnish (now written “japan varnish,” without reference to the country); Japan work, etc.
    • n japan Work varnished and figured in the manner practised by the natives of Japan.
    • n japan A liquid having somewhat the nature of a varnish, made by cooking gum shellac with linseed-oil in a varnish-kettle. Litharge or some similar material is also usually added to quicken the drying of the resulting japan. When it has been cooked down to a very thick mass termed a “pill,” it is allowed to cool, and is then thinned down with turpentine, Japan is a light-colored brownish-yellow liquid, of about the consistency of varnish. A thin surface of it dries in from fifteen to thirty minutes. It is used principally as a medium in grinding japan colors. A small portion added to ordinary house-paints makes them dry more rapidly, hence it is sometimes called japan drier.
    • n japan An asphaltum varnish.
    • n japan A black cane.
    • japan To varnish with japan; cover with any material which gives a hard black gloss.
    • japan To invest with the black coat of a clergyman; ordain.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Kikkoman soy sauce was originated in 1630 in Japan.
    • v.t Japan ja-pan′ to varnish after the manner of the Japanese′, or people of Japan: to make black and glossy
    • pr.p Japan japan′ning; pa.p. japanned′
    • n Japan work japanned: the varnish or lacquer used in japanning
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  • Edward Rowland Sill
    Edward Rowland Sill
    “At the punch-bowl's brink, let the thirsty think, what they say in Japan: first the man takes a drink, then the drink takes a drink, then the drink takes the man!”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From Japan, the country


In literature:

There is but one way in which Japan can now restore herself.
"China, Japan and the U.S.A." by John Dewey
But such is the charm of Japan that one's memories cling to its holiday scenes and life.
"An Ohio Woman in the Philippines" by Emily Bronson Conger
There are, I know, many people in Europe as well as in Japan who feel and express some apprehension in regard to what they term young Japan.
"The Empire of the East" by H. B. Montgomery
We shall go on with her to Japan.
"Round the Wonderful World" by G. E. Mitton
This entrance of Japan into the war introduced a factor fraught with unknown possibilities.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume III (of VIII)" by Various
Japan brought to the naval strength of the Allied powers no mean unit.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume II (of VIII)" by Various
This old bell, which is visited by thousands of people from all parts of Japan who come to wonder at it, is remarkable for many things.
"Japanese Fairy World" by William Elliot Griffis
I am not sorry that, through its publication in America, it also became known in Japan.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume VI (of VIII)" by Various
It is amid such a maze of contradictions and surprises that one moves in Japan.
"Where Half The World Is Waking Up" by Clarence Poe
Japan proper consists of the Islands of Niphon, Kiusiu, Shikoku, Yesso, and an immense number of smaller islands.
"The Story of the Cotton Plant" by Frederick Wilkinson

In poetry:

Japan unbars her long sealed gates
From islands far away;
Her sons are lifting up their eyes
To greet the coming day.
"The Present Age" by Frances Ellen Watkins
Dear, 'twas a dozen lives ago;
But that I was a lucky man
The Toyokuni here will show:
I loved you--once--in old Japan.
"Ballade Of A Toyokuni Colour-Print" by William Ernest Henley
So everywhere we find the Fan,--
In lonely isles of the Pacific,
In farthest China and Japan,--
Wherever suns are sudorific.
"The First Fan" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Look, here's a fan
From far Japan,
A sabre from Damasco:
There's shawls ye get
From far Thibet,
And cotton prints from Glasgow.
"The Crystal Palace" by William Makepeace Thackeray
But oh, what a pity--once more I must say--
That we could not have joined in a "Japanese day"!
Such greeting we give you to-night as we can;
Long life to our brothers and friends of Japan!
"At The Banquet To the Japanese Embassy" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
"Now do you know of Avalon That sailors call Japan? She holds as rare a chivalry
As ever bled for man.
King Arthur sleeps at Nikko hill
Where Iyeyasu lies,
And there the broad Pendragon flag
In deathless splendor flies."
"The Jingo And The Minstrel" by Vachel Lindsay

In news:

Japan's Softbank in talks to buy Sprint.
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo gets a nationwide release in Japan on Feb 10.
Radioactive cesium levels still elevated in Fukushima, Japan, fish.
They have sent gardeners all the way to Japan to figure out how to build a teahouse.
The City of Winona says it will celebrate a gift of 20 Cherry tree s from its sister city in Japan with a planting event in June.
Burger Kings in Japan have just rolled out a new sandwich called the MEAT MONSTER.
Last year, tens of thousands of visitors discovered the exquisite beauty of kiku—meticulously cultivated chrysanthemums in a traditional Japanese art that had never been seen before on this scale outside Japan.
How you can help Japan.
Woman?s Kimono, Japan, 1912?26 (Taish.
Two of Japan's most powerful politicians were forced to resign earlier this month after revelations that they had failed to make mandatory payments to the national pension system.
Former NU star headed to Japan.
China-Japan relations have further deteriorated following China's decision to cease high-level exchanges with Japan in protest at the extended detention of a Chinese fishing boat captain.
Even though China is Japan's largest trading partner, a fishing boat row between China and Japan this week highlights tender relations when it comes to disputed territory.
Japan's leaders have two contrasting models for disaster recovery from recent history: post-Katrina New Orleans or post-earthquake Kobe, Japan.
Japan's money supply grew in January at the slowest rate in nearly six years, the Bank of Japan said on Monday.

In science:

Nagatomo, Axioms for a Vertex Algebra and the Locality of Quantum Fields, MSJ Memoir, Vol. 4, Mathematical Society of Japan, 1999.
Generalized vertex algebras generated by parafermion-like vertex operators
Takagi, On an algebraic problem related to an analytic theorem of Carath´eodory and Fej`er, Japan J.
A note on interpolation in the generalized Schur class
Kobayashi et al. eds., Physical society of Japan, Tokio (1990).
A General Argument Against the Universal Validity of the Superposition Principle
This work was done while the first author was visiting Japan in summer 2000.
Definability of initial segments
The experimental data on neutrino oscillations from Super-Kamiokande (Japan) and SNO (Kanada) are given.
Neutrino Oscillations. Theory and Experiment