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Color in Chinese / Japanese...

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  1. Color
  2. Violet Color
  3. Red Color
  4. Pink Color
  5. Gray Color
  6. Scarlet / Bright Red
  7. Scarlet / Crimson
  8. Black
  9. Scarlet / Red / Crimson
10. Orange
11. Green
12. Purple / Violet
13. Brown
14. Blue / Indigo
15. Yellow
16. Gray
17. Black Dragon


Color

China yán sè
Japan kao iro / gan shoku
Color

顏色 is kind of a weird selection for a wall scroll but we added it to our database at the request of a customer.

顏色 means "color" in Chinese. However, in Japanese, it would mean complexion, countenance, or expression. The last character is used alone in Japanese (and sometimes in Chinese with/as an adjective/modifier) to mean "color."

Violet Color

China gàn
Japan kon
Violet Color

紺 is a slightly-rare Chinese and old Korean title for the color violet or purple.

In Japanese, this refers to a very deep blue color.

Red Color

China hóng
HK hung
Japan beni
Red Color

紅 is a single character that means red in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

The perceived meaning of this character can be ambiguous. Most will see it as the color red but it can also mean Communist (just like it can in English). In Japanese, it can be a female given name "Rena," or refer to red silk lining. In Chinese, red is a good luck color, and can refer to a bonus or revolutionary.

Pink Color

China fěn sè
Pink Color

粉色 means pink color in Chinese.

In certain context or colloquially, this can also refer to something erotic or a beautiful woman. Sometimes an adjective or reference to a woman who is powdered (with make-up).

Gray Color

China huī sè
Japan haiiro
Gray Color

灰色 is the Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja for the color gray.

This can also mean ash gray, grizzly, pessimistic, gloomy, dispirited, ambiguous (not black and white), and the alternate spelling, grey.

Scarlet / Bright Red

China xiān hóng
Japan sen kou
Scarlet / Bright Red

鮮紅 is a Japanese and Chinese title for scarlet or bright red color.

Scarlet / Crimson

China shēn hóng sè
Japan shin kou shoku
Scarlet / Crimson

深紅色 is a Japanese and Chinese title for scarlet or crimson-red color.

Black

China hēi
Japan kuro
Black

黑 is the color black in Chinese, Japanese, and old Korean Hanja.

In some context, this can mean "dark" or "evil."


黒There is an alternate form of this character which is commonly used in modern Japan (shown to the right). If you want this alternate/Japanese form, just click on the character to the right, instead of the button above.

Scarlet / Red / Crimson

China chì
Japan aka
Scarlet / Red / Crimson

赤 can represent the color scarlet, red, or crimson.

In some special contexts, it can also mean naked, whole, total, perfect, obvious, or the Japanese surname, Sekizaki.

Orange

China chéng
Japan daidai
Orange

橙 is the single-character version of orange. This can refer to the color orange, or the fruit (Just like in English). Sometimes it can refer to a whole orange tree. In botany, it can refer to bitter orange (Citrus aurantium).

In Japanese, this is sometimes pronounced as Chen, and used as a female given name. When pronounced as Daidai or Kabuchi, it can be a surname in Japanese.

Green

The fresh green of nature
China qīng
Japan ao
Green

青 is nature's color. 青 can refer to forest green, greenish-blue, or greenish black.

青 and color represent nature, youth, young people.

In the same way, we refer to green bananas and the rookie being green, the same is true in Chinese and Japanese, where, in a certain context, this can mean immature, unripe, or young.

In Japan, this can also be a female given name "Haru." It can also be used as a given name (for either sex) in China.

Purple / Violet

China
Japan murasaki
Purple / Violet

紫 is the single-character Chinese, Japanese and old Korean title for the color violet / purple. The difference between violet and purple is not really distinguished in Asian languages. However, sometimes a character for "light" is added to the front of this one, which might be closer to the meaning of violet.

Brown

Single character for brown color
China
Japan katsu
Brown

褐 is the most simple way to express brown in Chinese. It also means brown in Japanese but this character is not often written alone in Japanese (they would tend to write 褐色 (brown color) to refer to brown, or the color of tanned skin.

In some context, this can refer to gray or a dark color, or coarse hemp cloth.

In Buddhist context, it can refer to a coarse serge (cheaply sewn clothing) hence poverty.


Note: In Taiwanese Mandarin, this is spoken with the 2nd or rising tone instead of the 4th or falling tone used in the mainland.

Blue / Indigo

Color
China lán
Japan ai
Blue / Indigo

藍 is the single character for the color blue in Chinese. It can also mean indigo in Japanese Kanji and old Korean Hanja.

Yellow

Yellow Color
China huáng
Japan hon / kou
Yellow

黃 is the single character for the color yellow in Chinese.

In China, yellow is traditionally the color of the emperor. In fact, there was a time when only the emperor could wear yellow clothing, or own yellow pet fish. Note: Goldfish were breed originally in China for the emperor. When the perfect yellow fish was breed, all but the emperor were banned from owning any. Thus a more orange-colored goldfish dominated the market.

黃 is not a common selection for a wall scroll. Even if your Chinese surname is Huang (Yellow) or your Korean surname is Hwang (yellow), it's still probably not appropriate.


黄This character is written with a slight variation in Simplified Chinese and modern Japanese. Click on the image to the right if you want this alternate version.

Gray

China huī
Japan kai
Gray

灰 is the color Gray Mandarin Chinese. You can use this to represent your name if your given or surname happens to be Gray. This also means ash or lime (the mineral) depending on context.

Black Dragon

China hēi lóng
Japan koku ryuu
Black Dragon

黑龍 is a generic title for "Black Dragon."

The first character is black color.
The second means dragon.

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The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Color 顏色
颜色
kao iro / gan shoku
kaoiro / ganshoku
yán sè / yan2 se4 / yan se / yanse yen se / yense
Violet Color
kongàn / gan4 / gan kan
Red Color
benihóng / hong2 / hong hung
Pink Color 粉色fěn sè / fen3 se4 / fen se / fense
Gray Color 灰色haiiro / hairohuī sè / hui1 se4 / hui se / huise
Scarlet
Bright Red
鮮紅
鲜红
sen kou / senkou / sen ko / senkoxiān hóng
xian1 hong2
xian hong
xianhong
hsien hung
hsienhung
Scarlet
Crimson
深紅色
深红色
shin kou shoku
shinkoushoku
shin ko shoku
shinkoshoku
shēn hóng sè
shen1 hong2 se4
shen hong se
shenhongse
shen hung se
shenhungse
Black
黑 / 黒
kurohēi / hei1 / hei
Scarlet
Red
Crimson
akachì / chi4 / chi ch`ih / chih
Orange daidaichéng / cheng2 / cheng ch`eng / cheng
Green aoqīng / qing1 / qing ch`ing / ching
Purple
Violet
murasakizǐ / zi3 / zi tzu
Brown katsuhè / he4 / he ho
Blue
Indigo

ailán / lan2 / lan
Yellow
hon / kou / hon / ko / hon/kohuáng / huang2 / huang
Gray kaihuī / hui1 / hui
Black Dragon 黑龍
黑龙
koku ryuu / kokuryuu / koku ryu / kokuryuhēi lóng / hei1 long2 / hei long / heilong hei lung / heilung
In some entries above you will see that characters have different versions above and below a line.
In these cases, the characters above the line are Traditional Chinese, while the ones below are Simplified Chinese.

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When the calligrapher finishes creating your artwork, it is taken to my art mounting workshop in Beijing where a wall scroll is made by hand from a combination of silk, rice paper, and wood.
After we create your wall scroll, it takes at least two weeks for air mail delivery from Beijing to you.

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When you select your calligraphy, you'll be taken to another page where you can choose various custom options.


A nice Chinese calligraphy wall scroll

The wall scroll that Sandy is holding in this picture is a "large size"
single-character wall scroll.
We also offer custom wall scrolls in small, medium, and an even-larger jumbo size.

A professional Chinese Calligrapher

Professional calligraphers are getting to be hard to find these days.
Instead of drawing characters by hand, the new generation in China merely type roman letters into their computer keyboards and pick the character that they want from a list that pops up.

There is some fear that true Chinese calligraphy may become a lost art in the coming years. Many art institutes in China are now promoting calligraphy programs in hopes of keeping this unique form of art alive.

Trying to learn Chinese calligrapher - a futile effort

Even with the teachings of a top-ranked calligrapher in China, my calligraphy will never be good enough to sell. I will leave that to the experts.

A high-ranked Chinese master calligrapher that I met in Zhongwei

The same calligrapher who gave me those lessons also attracted a crowd of thousands and a TV crew as he created characters over 6-feet high. He happens to be ranked as one of the top 100 calligraphers in all of China. He is also one of very few that would actually attempt such a feat.


Check out my lists of Japanese Kanji Calligraphy Wall Scrolls and Old Korean Hanja Calligraphy Wall Scrolls.

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