Japanese Traditional Colors – Blue

BLUE

Since ancient times, blue has been liked by the common people while purple has been a noble color.
Especially, “ai-iro” line is one of the representative color of the summer in Japan. It is commonly used for Yukata.

*An example of coordination of kimono is here.

Typical blueish colors and their Japanese name

  tsuyukusairo
  konruri
  ao
  usuhanada
  asahanada
  koai
  kachiiro
  kachigaeshi
  seiran
  kon-ai
  aisabiiro
  nasukon
  ruriiro
  fujinando
  aomurasaki
  benimidori / benikakesorairo
  sousinezu
  ainezumi
  kon
  aokachi
  konkikyou
  rurikon
  konjou
  amairo (*)
  wasurenagusairo
  hisoku / mizuasagi
  gunjou
  usuai
  asagi
  shinbashiiro
  hanada
  hanaasagi
  chigusairo
  sorairo
  mizuiro
  geppaku
  kamenozoki / nozokiiro
  ainezumi
  aonibi
  minatonezumi / fukagawanezumi
  sabiasagi
  masuhanairo
  sabionando
  noshimehanairo
  aiiro
  omeshinando
  onandoiro / nandoiro
  tetsunando / tetsuonando
  aitetsuiro