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Japanese Color Words (English to Japanese)

If you want to learn the translations for Japanese color words, this is definitely the page for you!

First up are the translations for color and colorful, then you'll find the list of general color words, followed by the list of expressive color words, and finally a few sentences featuring colors.

Note: You can also view these color words with translations from Japanese to English.

Color Related Words (English to Japanese):

Colors ➔ Iro

Colorful ➔ Karafuru

Colors (English to Japanese):

Black ➔ Kuro/Kuroi

Blue ➔ Aoi

Brown ➔ Chairo

Green ➔ Midori

Grey ➔ Haiiro

Ivory ➔ Zougeiro

Orange ➔ Daidaiiro

Orange ➔ Orenji

Peach ➔ Momoiro

Purple ➔ Murasaki

Red ➔ Aka/Akai

White ➔ Shiro/Shiroi

Yellow ➔ Kiiro

Expressive Colors (English to Japanese):

Dark purple ➔ Komurasaki

Dark red ➔ Ankoushoku

Deep purple ➔ Kokimurasaki

Egg yellow color ➔ Tamagoiro

Jet black ➔ Murebairo

Light blue ➔ Mizuiro

Light brown ➔ Kitsuneiro

Light green ➔ Asamidori

Light green ➔ Kimidori

Light pink ➔ Taikou

Light red ➔ Senkou

Light yellow ➔ Kuwairo

Navy blue ➔ Konshou

Pitch black ➔ Makkuro

Prussian blue ➔ Konjouiro

Sky blue ➔ Sorairo

Yellowy brown ➔ Kuchibairo

Color Related Phrases (English to Japanese):

Red thread (of fate) ➔ (Unmei no) akai ito

The fish is red ➔ Sakana wa akai desu

What is your favorite color? ➔ Sukina iro wa nan desu ka

*Colors list last updated: February 24, 2018.


Can you answer these questions about Japanese colors?

1. What is your favorite color in Japanese?
2. What is the meaning of akai ito in English?
3. What is the Japanese word for color?
4. How do you say the color blue in Japanese?
5. What is the meaning of the Japanese word haiiro?
6. What is the meaning of kimidori?


As many of the translations in the list above are user submitted, it's quite possible for there to be mistakes on the page. If you speak Japanese and have a correction you'd like to share, feel free to leave a message below. Thanks again for any help you can provide.

The Fine Print

I don't speak Japanese myself, so there could be mistakes in the translations. Most of what is here is user-submitted, but I do try to check for accuracy and make corrections as I can. Thanks for your understanding.

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