Japanese Traditional Colors – Yellow

YELLOW

In the ancient times, yellowish colors were generated by cape jasmine or chinese corktree. It is not clear why yellow is called “Ki(-iro)”.

Typical yellowish colors and their Japanese name

  kuwazome
  hukakiiro
  kariyasu
  nanohanairo
  ominaeshi
  hiwairo
  karashiiro
  koganeiro
  ukon
  yamabukiiro
  tamagoiro
  toumorokoshiiro
  himawariiro
  touou
  siou
  kihadairo
  chuukiiro
  tanpopoiro
  kiiro
  tankoushoku
  usutamagoiro
  neriiro
  torinokoiro
  usuki
  kuchinashi
  kikuchiba
  oudoiro
  kitsurubami
  shirotsurubami
  mushikuriiro
  kinari
  aoshirotsurubami / kikujin
  aokuchiba
  yuuou
  shiou
  ryokuoushoku