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The Name Color in Chinese / Japanese...

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Quick links to words on this page...

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


Black

China hēi
Japan kuro
Black Wall Scroll

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.

Black Dragon

China hēi lóng
Japan koku ryuu
Black Dragon Wall Scroll

黑龍 is a generic title for "Black Dragon."

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

Blue / Indigo

Color
China lán
Japan ai
Blue / Indigo Wall Scroll

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

Brown

Single character for brown color
China
Japan katsu
Brown Wall Scroll

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.

Color

China yán sè
Japan kao iro / gan shoku
Color Wall Scroll

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."

Gray Color

China huī sè
Japan haiiro
Gray Color Wall Scroll

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.

Gray

China huī
Japan kai
Gray Wall Scroll

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.

Green

The fresh green of nature
China qīng
Japan ao
Green Wall Scroll

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.

Orange

China chéng
Japan daidai
Orange Wall Scroll

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.

Pink Color

China fěn sè
Pink Color Wall Scroll

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).

Purple / Violet

China
Japan murasaki
Purple / Violet Wall Scroll

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.

Red Color

China hóng
HK hung
Japan beni
Red Color Wall Scroll

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.

Scarlet / Red / Crimson

China chì
Japan aka
Scarlet / Red / Crimson Wall Scroll

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.

Scarlet / Bright Red

China xiān hóng
Japan sen kou
Scarlet / Bright Red Wall Scroll

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 Wall Scroll

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

Violet Color

China gàn
Japan kon
Violet Color Wall Scroll

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.

Yellow

Yellow Color
China huáng
Japan hon / kou
Yellow Wall Scroll

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.




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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
Black
黑 / 黒
kurohēi / hei1 / hei
Black Dragon 黑龍
黑龙
koku ryuu / kokuryuu / koku ryu / kokuryuhēi lóng / hei1 long2 / hei long / heilong hei lung / heilung
Blue
Indigo

ailán / lan2 / lan
Brown katsuhè / he4 / he ho
Color 顏色
颜色
kao iro / gan shoku
kaoiro / ganshoku
yán sè / yan2 se4 / yan se / yanse yen se / yense
Gray Color 灰色haiiro / hairohuī sè / hui1 se4 / hui se / huise
Gray kaihuī / hui1 / hui
Green aoqīng / qing1 / qing ch`ing / ching
Orange daidaichéng / cheng2 / cheng ch`eng / cheng
Pink Color 粉色fěn sè / fen3 se4 / fen se / fense
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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Calm Mind
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God Protect Me
Gold
Grace
Heart Sutra
Heaven
I Love You
Inner Strength
Integrity
Jade
Jasmine
Judo
Longevity
Lotus
Lover
Mind
Mother and Son
Music
Patience
Peace
Perserverance
Pine
Princess
Rooster
Sei Shin
Sheep
Shizen
Snoopy
Strength
Strong of Heart
Tao Te Ching
Tiger
Wedding
Wind

All of our calligraphy wall scrolls are handmade.

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.

Allow a few weeks for delivery. Rush service speeds it up by a week or two for $10!

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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