Words for colours in Japanese with notes on their etymology and usage.
黒 / 黒い (kuro / kuroi) / ブラック (burakku)
Shades of black and black-related expressions
白 / 白い (shiro / shiroi) - white; good guy; 'white hat'
Shades of white and white-related expressions
赤 / 赤い (aka / akai); 丹色 (ni-iro)
Shades of red and red-related expressions
黄色 (ki-iro / ōshoku / kōshoku) - yellow, amber
Shades of yellow and yellow-related expressions
青 / 青色 (ao / ao-iro) - blue/green / ブリュ (buryu) - blue
Shades of blue and blue-related expressions
緑 (midori) - green
緑色 (midori-iro) - green, emerald green, green colour of new foliage
Shades of green and green-related expressions
茶色 (chairo) / 褐色 (kasshoku) - brown
Shades of brown
桃色 (momoiro) / 淡紅色 (tankōshoku) / ピンク - pink
Shades of pink and pink-related expressions
橙色 (daidaiiro) / オレンジ (orenji) - orange
灰色 (haiiro) / 鼠色 (muzumi-iro) - grey
紫 (murasaki) / パープル (pāpuru) - purple
Shades of purple and purple-related expressions
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