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.