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That IS Japanese Aesthetics! Introduction of Traditional Japanese Colors – Meaning and Origin – |
That IS Japanese Aesthetics! Introduction of Traditional Japanese Colors - Meaning and Origin - Hello! I’m a writer of KARAKURIJAPAN, Yonosuke! Finally, it has become October. It’s about the season to see autumn leaves. When I see something which I can see only in a particular season, I realize that it’s really nice to have been born in Japan. By the way, what color does the word “autumn leaves” remind you of? Many people might imagine red. However, if you look carefully at each leaf, you will realize the little difference. Vivid red, red like burnt, or red mixed with yellow. It’s difficult to express these colors exactly in words, isn’t it? Not only autumn leaves, there should be many “inexpressible colors”. “Traditional Japanese colors” were often named after nature, plants, and animals. For example, “kitsune-iro(golden brown, literal translation is fox color)”. Kitsune-iro is very one of the traditional Japanese colors. I’ll introduce these traditional Japanese