Ja·​pan·​ism | \ jə̇ˈpaˌnizəm, -paaˌ- also jaˈp- \
plural -s

Definition of Japanism

1 : a trait or characteristic distinctive of the Japanese or of their civilization or art modern trend in fine art toward skeletal frameworks … can be traced back to the Japanism of the 70s— Edgar Kaufmann
2 : Japanese nationalism a rising tide of Japanism which was soon to overwhelm foreign missionaries— Hugh Byas

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“Japanism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Japanism. Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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