Traditional Japanese Colors - Greens


The resurgent popularity of kimono has given traditional Japanese colors new life. They are absolutely magnificent. Here is a list

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A list of traditional Japanese greens, and related colors.

I almost always disagree with Japanese whether a color is blue or green. There is actually a difference in color distinction that most non-Japanese run into. In the West, the three colors of traffic lights are red, yellow/orange and green. In Japan the third one is universally seen and known as aoi, or blue

So, the way I separated blues and greens may feel quite arbitrary to some!

Please notice the many mentions of cha (tea) in the names of these colors.

  1. Mamegaracha (豆がら茶) #8b968d
  2. Kikujin (麹塵) #6e7955
  3. Yamabatoiro (山鳩色) #767c6b
  4. Rikyuunezumi (利休鼠) #888e7e
  5. Miricha (海松茶) #5a544b
  6. Aimirucha (藍海松茶) #56564b
  7. Aikobicha (藍媚茶) #555647
  8. Sensaicha (千歳茶) #494a41
  9. Iwaicha (岩井茶) #6b6f59
  10. Sensaicha (仙斎茶) #474b42
  11. Kuromidori (黒緑) #333631
  12. Yanagisusutake (柳煤竹) #5b6356
  13. Kabachairo (樺茶色) #726250
  14. Utsubushiiro (空五倍子色) #9d896c
  15. Namakabeiro (生壁色) #94846a
  16. Higosusutake (肥後煤竹) #897858
  17. Kobicha (媚茶) #716246
  18. Shirotsurubami (白橡) #cbb994
  19. Amairo (亜麻色) #d6c6af
  20. Hashibami (榛色) #bfa46f
  21. Akuiro (灰汁色) #9e9478
  22. Rikyucha (利休茶) #a59564
  23. Uguisucha (鶯茶) #715c1f
  24. Mokuranjiki (木蘭色) #c7b370
  25. Sunairo (砂色) #dcd3b2
  26. Aburairo (油色) #a19361
  27. Rikyuuiro (利休色) #8f8667
  28. Baikoucha (梅幸茶) #887938
  29. Rikancha (璃寛茶) #6a5d21
  30. Kimirucha (黄海松茶) #918754
  31. Nataneyuiro (菜種油色) #a69425
  32. Aokuchiba (青朽葉) #ada250
  33. Negishiiro (根岸色) #938b4b
  34. Hiwacha (鶸茶) #8c8861
  35. Yanagicha (柳茶) #a1a46d
  36. Miruiro (海松色) #726d40
  37. Uguisuiro (鶯色) #928c36
  38. Ryokuoushoku (緑黄色) #dccb18
  39. Hiwairo (鶸色) #d7cf3a
  40. Macchairo (抹茶色) #c5c56a
  41. Wakakusairo (若草色) #c3d825
  42. Kimidori (黄緑) #b8d200
  43. Wakameiro (若芽色) #e0ebaf
  44. Wakanairo (若菜色) #d8e698
  45. Wakanaeiro (若苗色) #c7dc68
  46. Aoni (青丹) #99ab4e
  47. Kusairo (草色) #7b8d42
  48. Kokeiro (苔色) #69821b
  49. Moegi (萌黄) #aacf53
  50. Naeiro (苗色) #b0ca71
  51. Wakabairo (若葉色) #b9d08b
  52. Matsubairo (松葉色) #839b5c
  53. Natsumushiiro (夏虫色) #cee4ae
  54. Hiwamoegi (鶸萌黄) #82ae46
  55. Yanagiiro (柳色) #a8c97f
  56. Aoshirotsurubami (青白橡) #9ba88d
  57. Yanaginezu (柳鼠) #c8d5bb
  58. Urahayanagi (裏葉柳) #c1d8ac
  59. Wasabiiro (山葵色) #a8bf93
  60. Oitakeiro (老竹色) #769164
  61. Byakuroku (白緑) #d6e9ca
  62. Usumoegi (淡萌黄) #93ca76
  63. Yanagizome (柳染) #93b881
  64. Usumoegi (薄萌葱) #badcad
  65. Fukagawanezumi (深川鼠) #97a791
  66. Wakamidori (若緑) #98d98e
  67. Asamidori (浅緑) #88cb7f
  68. Usumidori (薄緑) #69b076
  69. Aonibi (青鈍) #6b7b6e
  70. Seijinezu (青磁鼠) #bed2c3
  71. Usuao (薄青) #93b69c
  72. Sabiseiji (錆青磁) #a6c8b2
  73. Ryokushouiro (緑青色) #47885e
  74. Chitosemidori (千歳緑) #316745
  75. Wakatakeiro (若竹色) #68be8d
  76. Midori (緑) #3eb370
  77. Tokiwairo (常磐色) #007b43
  78. Chigusanezu (千草鼠) #bed3ca
  79. Chigusairo (千草色) #92b5a9
  80. Seijiiro (青磁色) #7ebea5
  81. Aotakeiro (青竹色) #7ebeab
  82. Tokiwamidori (常磐緑) #028760
  83. Tokusairo (木賊色) #3b7960
  84. Buroudo (天鵞絨) #2f5d50
  85. Mushiao (虫襖) #3a5b52
  86. Kawairo (革色) #475950
  87. Fukamidori (深緑) #00552e
  88. Tetsuiro (鉄色) #005243
  89. Moegiiro (萌葱色) #006e54
  90. Hanarokushou (花緑青) #00a381
  91. Hisuiiro (翡翠色) #38b48b
  92. Aomidori (青緑) #00a497

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Other articles in this series:

1. Traditional Japanese Colors
2. Traditional Japanese Colors – Modern Trad
3. Traditional Japanese Colors – In Prints
4. Traditional Japanese Colors – In Textile
5. Traditional Japanese Colors – Pinks and Reds
6. Traditional Japanese Colors – Yellows and Browns

Source for the colors: 日本の伝統色465色の色名と16進数

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Inspired by the stunningly creative street fashion that exploded on the streets of Tokyo and Osaka in the late 1990’s, photo-journalist Kjeld Duits launched JAPANESE STREETS in 2002. This makes JS one of the first fashion blogs on the net, and the very first to cover Japanese street fashion.

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Comment (日本語もOK)

I LOVE the bright colors on kimonos!

I am a color expert and do color analysis.

Apr 23, 2010 (4541 days ago)

awesome!!! i can’t even count how much colors i love in this palette!!!! love it soo much! thanks, Kjeld!

Apr 24, 2010 (4540 days ago)

as always: wonderful colors and green is my favorite.

clea walford
May 11, 2010 (4523 days ago)

It is so interesting your brought up the blue traffic light phenomenon. I have been reading up on linguistics lately and in many cultures colors which we designate as separate are only one color in their culture. I believe the most extreme group they found in the study was a small tribe in Africa that only had 4 colors in their language! So interesting to see how different groups put colors into categories.

May 19, 2010 (4515 days ago)

The number of words that exist for something in a language shows how important that something is in that particular culture. People who live in the desert will have more words for sand, and people in a rice culture will have more words for rice. So I guess the African tribe had little use for colors in their daily life. You wonder what they wear.

Kjeld Duits (author)
May 19, 2010 (4515 days ago)

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