Fun Link Friday: Traditional Japanese Colors

A quickie fun link for you all while I’m out of town! Have you ever been told that the color of a gift from Japan is in a very traditional color? Or wondered, when translating, exactly what color that kanji is referring to? Well now you might not have to wonder, as Ono Takehiko has developed a website that actually puts these colors to the digital test.

Placing traditional colors (and their kanji!) on a gradient with the RGB numbers that determine HEX codes, Ono has created a site that lists 250 traditional Japanese colors, with a slick interface that provides the kanji and reading as well as morphs the background of the page into the color you’ve selected. While many might debate what counts as “traditional,” it’s a neat way to explore color culture in Japan. Click through and enjoy!

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Paula lives in the vortex of academic life. She studies medieval Japanese history.
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