21740Evolution of Color?
- Oct 8, 2006Does anyone have a good resource they could recommend as to the
evolution of Japanese colors? I'm currently researching colors for
"Ao" is complicated enough already, but to use it as an example, in
the Dalby book, it's reproduced as something sort of teal-ish green.
(Not exact, but say, something along the lines of #1EC1D9 .) According
to http://www.color-guide.com/e_blue.htm , a Japanese site about
Japanese colors, ao is more of a primary blue/cobalt kind of color
(something like a #0C00CC ). According to the excellent site,
http://www.sengokudaimyo.com/garb/garb.ch14.html , Ao becomes
something of a hunter green (something like a #465B22 ).
The forbidden "kurenai" also presents similar problems. Dalby and
Sengokudaimyou have something similar to #CC0000, but there's a
mysterious "karakurenai" that's #CC001B according to color-guide,
which is calling plain "kurenai" as a much more rose-pink #CB4F6F.
Wikipedia makes mention of a restricted color called Ōtan, #FF4E20,
which better seems to match the "orangey-scarlet" that kurenai is
usually described as being.
I know that color is largely a matter of perception (as well as
variations between monitor settings), but there's a big difference
between blue-green, hunter green, and primary blue. When I make my
outfit, I don't think I'll have a Sei Shonagon to make fun of my poor
choice of shade... but I'd like to not be totally off in the wrong
corner of the spectrum. :o)
Thanks for your help,
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