Japanese Traditional Colors – Achromatic color

ACROMATIC COLOR
(Black, White and Gray)

The range of achromatic color is very wide. Many grayish colors were expressed as the colors of Japanese ink or mouse and they don’t give a pleasurable impression, but the color variation is very wide. In Edo era, it became fashionable as well as brown.

*An example of coordination of kimono is here.

Typical achromatic colors and their Japanese name

 ankokushoku / shikkoku
 kuro/ rouiro
 shikokushoku
 sumiiro / sumizome
 koinezu
 aozumi
 keshizumiiro
 kurotsurubami
 kuromidori
 akazumi
 kenpouiro /kenpouzome /yoshiokazome
 kuriiro (*)
 nibiiro
 aonibi
 rikyuunezumi
 sabinezu
 nezumiiro /haiiro / namariiro
 ginnezumi / suzuiro
 chanezu
 usuzumiiro
 sakuranezu
 umenezu
 usunezu
 fujinezumi
 usunibiiro / usunibuiro
 sunairo
 zougeiro
 kaihakusoku
 enpakushoku
 shiro
 nyuuhakushoku
 umenezumi
 sakuranezumi
 shironezumi / shiroganeiro
 akuiro
 sunezumi
 dobunezui
 aisumicha
 binroujizome
 utsubushiiro
 soushinezu

(*) different from “kuriiro” in the Brown categorie.