10 Unique Ways To Answer What Is Your Favorite Color
Ever get asked by a Japanese person “what is your favorite color?” Colors? Thrilling conversation at its finest. You aren’t thinking about answering that life-changing question with a 赤 (red) or 青 (blue), are you?
It’s time to dip into the ultra rare colors. The ones that will leave your head in a permanent tilt of “what the…”
10. 長春色 (ちょうしゅんいろ): long spring
9. 江戸茶 (えどちゃ): Edo era tea
8. 洒落柿色 (しゃれがきいろ): stylish persimmon
7. 梅鼠色 (うめねずみいろ): plum blossom mouse
6. 紅消鼠 (べにけしねずみ): red-erasing mouse
5. 憲法色 (けんぽういろ) the constitution of Japan
4. 生壁色 (なまかべいろ): undried wall
3. 千歳緑 (せんざいみどり): thousand year old green
2. 偽紫: (偽紫) : fake purple
1. 虫襖色 (むしあおいろ): insect screen
Yes. These are all real colors.
I would show you what these colors are, but that would just ruin the fun. Use your imagination. Or Google Images.
You are now ready to answer the age-old color question with mastery.
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一斤染色 (いっこんぞめいろ): the color of silk dyed with 600 grams of safflower
(From GA 芸術科アートデザインクラス)
Nice find! I think we need that book 色の辞典. 265 doesn’t sound like enough though.
What classifies a ‘real color’ though? Could I just make up something by describing something with 色 on the end like “青信号色” or “メロンのようなオレンジ色” or “ピカチュウのような黄色” and then that becomes a color? Hmm, I can think of some funny replys next time some one asks me, haha.
Sounds like a philosophical question to me.
By real color, I mean an official color. As in, found in a dictionary, or probably also in an art store.
I believe 繊細緑 is supposed to be 千歳緑, and it also appears that the reading is せんざいみどり or ちとせみどり (even though the IME gives せんさいみどり as a reading). Interesting collection of colors though!
Thanks for pointing that out. That’s a bad case of 変換ミス! Fixed it.