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The 10 Best Books about Traditional Japanese Colors

Jul 06 2010: Following our series on traditional Japanese colors, here is a list of recommended books.

Kjeld Duits: @Misato: Glad you like the list! @5amjetaime: Thanks for the suggestion. I have added the book to the list. I just visited your blog and love what you’re doing. Your entry on old fashion photography inspired me; I have several books with photos of pre-war fashion photography. The photos are awesome, very elegant and the women often appear mysterious and unreachable. I’d love to exchange links. I will send you an e-mail with the required sizes for the banner.
5amjetaime: {hi from california!} this is a great post! i’ve studied japanese art history before and i’d also like to recommend {すぐわかる日本の伝統色} by {福田邦夫, fukuda kunio} which i’ve been referencing to a lot…{ i love japanese colors^__^} i’ve just started my {design blog} on asian fashion, wondering if you would be interested in exchanging link roll with my site? if not, that’s totally fine. i’m still a fan of japanese streets!
Misato: thank you for sharing!

Books about traditional Japanese colors

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Color on the Street: More Black with Color

Jun 02 2010: We see more black with a splash of color on the streets of Japan

Hana: I love the color combination’s…black really does go with everything.

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Traditional Japanese Colors - in Pottery

May 24 2010: The resurgent popularity of kimono has given traditional Japanese colors new life. In this second last article in the series, Sierra explores traditional colors in Japanese pottery.

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Sierra Sroka: Thanks Srokama! Actually the town where my pottery teacher is from is called Seto-shi (near Nagoya) and is known for making the export pieces to the US after the war. Although most are mold made, they are quite beautiful and fun pieces to find.
srokama: Such beautiful, artful original pieces in this article. The colors are striking. Have Always had an appreciation of Japanese ceramics. Some of our Re-Sale stores now have pieces of Japanese dinner ware that was part of a large set. Many of these Japanese sets were brought back to the US by Vietnam vets during the 50’s and 60’s. The simple, delicate, graceful designs are beautiful. Finding a bowl, plate or platter is fun.

Japanese Bowl

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Traditional Japanese Colors - More

May 10 2010: The resurgent popularity of kimono has given traditional Japanese colors new life. They are absolutely magnificent. Here is a list

Kjeld Duits: @cleawalford: Glad you liked it! There are no colors left to cover, so it had to come to an end. There are still more articles in the pipeline about traditional colors, though!
cleawalford: oooohhhhh, the last list? what a pity!

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Traditional Japanese Colors - Purples

May 03 2010: The resurgent popularity of kimono has given traditional Japanese colors new life. They are absolutely magnificent. Here is a list

Kjeld Duits: @SnowFoxCreations: Thank you. I must admit that I am not familiar with Asaki Murasaki. I couldn’t find it in the dictionary, and found just one reliable looking source on the internet. It looks like Benimurasaki (紅紫) to me.
SnowFoxCreations: Wonderful list! I love that you included the hexadecimal values for the murasaki colors, as well. One thing- I couldn’t find “asaki murasaki” on the list. Is it not making a resurgence, or is it just translated a different way? :? It’s a bit similar to ayame-iro, but I recall it being a different shade.

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Color on the Street: Black

Apr 27 2010: We saw lots of black and grey in the A/W collections of the Japan Fashion Week. Recently we see the same trend on the street

Kjeld Duits: LOL, that is funny Jini. But that should make it easy for you to make some nice combinations of an outstanding color with black.
Jini: *noticed haha and you think so? I think black is safe, so also easy. But I too, hope that black with an outstanding colour will become a trend, because my closet is filled with colour…weird for someone who loves black eh?
Kjeld Duits: @Jini: I think black with an outstanding color is really cool, but it is not so easy to pull it off. I am really looking forward to this autumn and winter; hope people will make this trend happen!

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Traditional Japanese Colors - Blues

Apr 26 2010: The resurgent popularity of kimono has given traditional Japanese colors new life. They are absolutely magnificent. Here is a list

Kjeld Duits: @Clea: This clearly is an issue that is not limited to Japan as Callisto showed with his link to the Wikipedia article above. Interestingly, Mizuasagi contains the Japanese word for water, mizu, something that in the West is usually described as blue, but occasionally also as green…
Clea Walford: Thank you again for the wonderful colors! I agree that most of the colors look blue to me, but have my difficulties with the first ones (Mizuasagi (水浅葱) #80aba9 – Sabitetsuonando (錆鉄御納戸) #485859) and Nandoiro (納戸色) #008899 looks quite greenish to me.
Kjeld Duits: @kagitsune: Thanks. To tell you the truth, quite a few colors on this page do not look blue in my eyes. The top colors through Sabionando, as well as Kamenozoki, Byakugun, Nandoiro, Asagiiro(!) and Shinbashiiro actually look green to me… And I feel that many colors on the bottom are also not really variations of blue. I have often noticed that my idea of blue is quite different from that of Japanese people. After reading the Wikipedia article that Callisto introduced, I wonder if my views are influenced by my upbringing in the Netherlands and may actually be different from many other cultures as well…

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Traditional Japanese Colors - Greens

Apr 19 2010: The resurgent popularity of kimono has given traditional Japanese colors new life. They are absolutely magnificent. Here is a list

Kjeld Duits: 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.
Sierra: 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.
clea walford: as always: wonderful colors and green is my favorite.

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