Words with the 色 (color) kanji
Before jumping in to the colors in Japanese, let us get to know some words regarding color itself. The kanji for color 色 has so many usages it’s truly a lot if you would list them all. However, the meaning is quite simple isn’t it? Everything is concerning the color, since that’s what the kanji meaning is. The only thing you need to remember more than that is that the kanji has two onyomi readings, オン and シキ. Both are being used quite frequently as seen below.
|Color of the face, complexion||顔色||かおいろ||kaoiro|
We’ve listed 16 different colors that we think are basic colors that are good for your vocabulary to know.
The colors in Japanese
Bonus words! With the kanji 真, meaning true or reality can be applied for colors too. Making white or black color become true black or true white. See the list below of colors that are now stronger version of each color because of 真. As you can see 濃い（こい）, meaning concentrated, can also be used for colors for saying a color is dark or deep.