Traditional Japanese Colors - Pinks and Reds


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 pinks and reds. Among the reds, I really love Hiiro Beniaka and Akaneiro

Which ones do you like?

  1. Sakurairo (桜色) #fef4f4
  2. Usuzakura (薄桜) #fdeff2
  3. Sakuranezu (桜鼠) #e9dfe5
  4. Tokinezu (鴇鼠) #e4d2d8
  5. Nijioro (虹色) #f6bfbc
  6. Sangoiro (珊瑚色) #f5b1aa
  7. Ikkokuzome (一斤染) #f5b199
  8. Shishiiro (宍色) #efab93
  9. Koubaiiro (紅梅色) #f2a0a1
  10. Usubeni (薄紅) #f0908d
  11. Jinzamoni (甚三紅) #ee827c
  12. Momoiro (桃色) #f09199
  13. Tokiiro (鴇色) #f4b3c2
  14. Nadeshikoiro (撫子色) #eebbcb
  15. Haiume (灰梅) #e8d3c7
  16. Haizakura (灰桜) #e8d3d1
  17. Awabenifuji (淡紅藤) #e6cde3
  18. Sekichikuiro (石竹色) #e5abbe
  19. Usukoubai (薄紅梅) #e597b2
  20. Momohanairo (桃花色) #e198b4
  21. Mizugaki (水柿) #e4ab9b
  22. Tokigaracha (ときがら茶) #e09e87
  23. Arazome (退紅) #d69090
  24. Usugaki (薄柿) #d4acad
  25. Choushuniro (長春色) #c97586
  26. Umenezu (梅鼠) #c099a0
  27. Tokiasagi (鴇浅葱) #b88884
  28. Umezome (梅染) #b48a76
  29. Suoukou (蘇芳香) #a86965
  30. Asasuou (浅蘇芳) #a25768
  31. Masoo (真朱) #ec6d71
  32. Akamurasaki (赤紫) #eb6ea5
  33. Tsutsujiiro (躑躅色) #e95295
  34. Botaniro (牡丹色) #e7609e
  35. Imayouiro (今様色) #d0576b
  36. Nakabeni (中紅) #c85179
  37. Barairo (薔薇色) #e9546b
  38. Karakurenai (韓紅) #e95464
  39. Ginshu (銀朱) #c85554
  40. Akabeni (赤紅) #c53d43
  41. Benihi (紅緋) #e83929
  42. Aka (赤) #e60033
  43. Shoujouhi (猩々緋) #e2041b
  44. Kurenai (紅) #d7003a
  45. Kokihi (深緋) #c9171e
  46. Hiiro (緋色) #d3381c
  47. Akani (赤丹) #ce5242
  48. Beniaka (紅赤) #d9333f
  49. Enji (臙脂) #b94047
  50. Ake (朱・緋) #ba2636
  51. Akaneiro (茜色) #b7282e
  52. Beniebicha (紅海老茶) #a73836
  53. Suou (蘇芳) #9e3d3f
  54. Shinku (真紅) #a22041
  55. Koikurenai (濃紅) #a22041

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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

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

Kjeld Duits About the Author

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)

ooooh! thank you for this list! you’ve even posted the HEX codes, it’s very useful!
favourites? AKABENI and KOKIHI!

Apr 5, 2010 (4687 days ago)

@Misato: When I worked on this I was wondering if this would be really helpful to others. I find it helpful myself, but it seems so way out there… So I am very happy to see your enthusiastic response!

Akabeni and Kohiki? Very passionate!

Don’t you love the names of Japanese colors?

Are you planning to use them in a project?

Oh, and by the way, more of this for other colors coming over the next few weeks.

Kjeld Duits (author)
Apr 5, 2010 (4687 days ago)

Ooh~ i really love the colors. but my FAV colors is in purple palette. but this is my fav from this palette:
~ Akamurasaki (赤紫) #eb6ea5
~ Koikurenai (濃紅) #a22041
~ Momohanairo (桃花色) #e198b4
~ Awabenifuji (淡紅藤) #e6cde3
Thanks for this palette, very useful!

Apr 6, 2010 (4685 days ago)

Glad you like the palette, nanaa. Over the coming weeks, I will be publishing the following ones as well: Yellows and Browns, Greens, Blues, Purples, More. I noticed that you especially like the softer colors. Romantic perhaps?

Incidentally, it is cherry blossom season now where I live and I am surrounded by many of the colors in the above palette!

Kjeld Duits (author)
Apr 6, 2010 (4685 days ago)

very nice list and I am curious to see the lists for the other colors. (can’t say which I like best – I’ll go for all of them.)

clea walford
Apr 7, 2010 (4684 days ago)

@clea: Thanks! The other lists will come out every Monday over the following 5 weeks. They are just as compelling as this one.

Kjeld Duits (author)
Apr 7, 2010 (4684 days ago)

every of the shades of red has its name! another reason why i love japan
is akaneiro bloody red? i think my monitor shows all colors more decent..
& many thanks for codes!

Apr 12, 2010 (4680 days ago)

@ojisanbaka: It is usually translated as madder red. See a brief description here. I found this page with info about Akane: ‘Akane’ (Rubia argyi) belongs to Rubiaceae (Madder family). It is a perennial herb that is native to Honshu, Shikoku and Kyushu of Japan, Korean Peninsula and China.

Kjeld Duits (author)
Apr 12, 2010 (4679 days ago)

These colors are yummy! Been using Japanese colors in my artwork for a long time…the reds are so great for using with a Hanko…thankyou for the posts!! I think my favorite is Akaneiro

Apr 26, 2010 (4666 days ago)

Nipponaisuki: Akaneiro is one of my favorites, too. I love that kind of deep color.

Kjeld Duits (author)
Apr 26, 2010 (4666 days ago)

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