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Japanese Colors For Beginners: How To Describe Color

This lesson will teach you the most common primary and secondary colors in Japanese.

Fun fact: In traditional Japanese culture and art, black, red, blue-green, white and yellow were viewed as standard colors. The reason for this is that these colors represent the five elements: water, fire, wood, metal and earth.

Colors in Japanese

EnglishKanjiHiragana/KatakanaRomaji
Yellow黄 色きいろKiiro
OrangeオレンジOrenji
AquamarineアクアマリンAkuamarin
BlueあおAo
Navy blueこんKon
Dark brownダークブラウンDākuburaun
WhiteしろShiro
Light blue天 のてん のTen no
Golden金 のきん のKin no
Gray灰 色はいいろHaiiro
Brown茶 色ちゃいろChairo
PurpleむらさきMurasaki
BlackくろKuro
SilverぎんGin
RedあかAka
Pink桃 色ももいろ / ピ ン クMomoiro / Pinku
Turquoiseト ル コ 石トルコいしTorukoishi
GreenみどりMidori
Light green光 をみどり の ひかり をMidori no hikari o
Violetす み れSumire
SapphireサファイアSafaia

Examples:

  • My car is white.
  • Watashi jidōsha wa shirodesu.
  • My eyes are brown.
  • Watashi no me wa chairodesu.
  • My father's shirt is red.
  • Chichi no shatsu wa akadesu
  • She look at me with her green eyes.
  • Kanojo wa midori no me de watashi o mite.

Author: Ichika
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