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Colors

It is interesting that brown seems more important than green in Japanese. Since green is not a basic color, the word あお is often used for it in old compound words, such as あおやさい "aoyasai" (green vegitables). Remember Japanese adjectives contain tense. So あか means the color red, while あかい means something is red. Its past form is あかかった "akakatta" (something was red).

Japanese Colors (色, いろ iro)
Color Kanji Kana Romaji English
  あか aka Red
  桃色 ももいろ momo-iro Pink
  橙色
 
だいだいいろ
オレンジ
daidai-iro
orenji
Orange
  黄色 きいろ ki-iro Yellow
  みどり midori Green
  水色 みずいろ mizu-iro Light blue
  あお ao Blue
  空色 そらいろ sora-iro Sky blue
  むらさき murasaki Purple
  茶色  ちゃいろ  cha-iro Brown
  しろ shiroi White
  ねずみ色
灰色
ねずみいろ
はいいろ
nezumi-iro
hai-iro
Grey
  くろ kuro Black