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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 / Crimson

  7. Scarlet / Bright Red

  8. Black

  9. Scarlet / Red / Crimson

10. Orange

11. Green

12. Purple / Violet

13. Brown

14. Yellow

15. Blue / Indigo

16. Gray

17. Black Dragon


yán sè
kao iro / gan shoku
Color 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".

Violet Color

gàn
kon
Violet Color 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.

Red Color

hóng
hung
beni
Red Color 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.

Pink Color

fěn sè
Pink Color 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).

Gray Color

huī sè
haiiro
Gray Color 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.

Scarlet / Crimson

shēn hóng sè
shin kou shoku
Scarlet / Crimson Scroll

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

Scarlet / Bright Red

xiān hóng
sen kou
Scarlet / Bright Red Scroll

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

hēi
kuro
Black 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.

Scarlet / Red / Crimson

chì
aka
Scarlet / Red / Crimson 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.

Orange

chéng
daidai
Orange 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.

Green

The fresh green of nature
qīng
ao
Green Scroll

青 is nature's color and can refer to forest green, greenish-blue, or the darkest of greens.

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

murasaki
Purple / Violet 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.

Brown

Single character for brown color
katsu
Brown 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 the 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.

Yellow

Yellow Color
huáng
hon / kou
Yellow 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.

Blue / Indigo

Color
lán
ai
Blue / Indigo Scroll

藍 is the single character for the color blue in Chinese.

It can also mean indigo in Japanese Kanji and old Korean Hanja.

huī
kai
Gray 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.

Black Dragon

hēi lóng
koku ryuu
Black Dragon Scroll

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 / yanseyen se / yense
Violet Color
kongàn / gan4 / gankan
Red Color
benihóng / hong2 / honghung
Pink Color粉色fěn sè / fen3 se4 / fen se / fense
Gray Color灰色haiiro / hairohuī sè / hui1 se4 / hui se / huise
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
Scarlet
Bright Red
鮮紅
鲜红
sen kou / senkou / sen ko / senkoxiān hóng
xian1 hong2
xian hong
xianhong
hsien hung
hsienhung
Black
黑 / 黒
kurohēi / hei1 / hei
Scarlet
Red
Crimson
akachì / chi4 / chich`ih / chih
Orangedaidaichéng / cheng2 / chengch`eng / cheng
Greenaoqīng / qing1 / qingch`ing / ching
Purple
Violet
murasakizǐ / zi3 / zitzu
Brownkatsuhè / he4 / heho
Yellow
hon / kou / hon / ko / hon / kohuáng / huang2 / huang
Blue
Indigo

ailán / lan2 / lan
Graykaihuī / hui1 / hui
Black Dragon黑龍
黑龙
koku ryuu / kokuryuu / koku ryu / kokuryuhēi lóng / hei1 long2 / hei long / heilonghei 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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