Japanese Colors – Nara to Muromachi Era

The following colour tables have been referenced from:
Japanese Design: Modern Approaches to Traditional Elements
Gingko Press
ISBN: 1-58423-081-9

Nara Era: AD 562-793
AYA – Colour scheme with flowery changes

The style of the Orient and some countries west of China looks like imperial properties of Shosoin Treasure House. This is an expression of magnificent varied colour made possible by the development of techniques from that area.
 
Colours converted from CMYK to Hex colour for screen view Colour Names
Akaneiro
Enjiro
Shuiro
Shinshu
Ouni
Trubami
Kuriiro
Kihadairo
Kariyasu
Oudoiro
Nyuhaku
Byakuroku
Rokusho
Hanadairo
Aiiro
Kaiai
Suouiro
Kodaimurasaki
Shikoniro
Kokimurasaki
Sumiiro

 

Heian Era: AD 794-1191
Miyabi – Elegant, gracefull and courtly.

The elegant charming coloured arrangements reflect the brilliant culture that centred around the nobles.
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Sakurairo
Ikkonzome
Koubaiiro
Beniiro
Karakurenai
Taikou
Kuchinashiiro
Yamabukiiro
Kouiro
Chojiiro
Kourozen
Kuchibairo
Hiwadairo
Wakanaeiro
Moegiiro
Fukamidori
Seijiiro
Kamenozoki
Asahanada
Nakahanada
Kokihanada
Asagiiro
Fujiiro
Ouchi
Futaai
Kikyoiro
Shion
Kakitubatairo
Suouiro
Ebiiro

 

Kamakura Era: AD 1192-1333
Hari – As the tension is not loosened it becomes tight.

The rational spirit of the samurai, their will reflected in their lives, intellegence, and essence are a coloured sensation. The arrangement of the colours reflects their moral spirit that respects the uprightness and warms against the weakness at the time.
 
Colours converted from CMYK to Hex colour for screen view Colour Names
Akaneiro
Kokihi
Shiroiro
Miruiro
Tokusairo
Ruriiro
Tetsukon

 

Muromachi Era: AD 1334-1573
Sabi – Elegant, graceful and courtly.
The charm is seasoned with patina and you can feel the joy of the deep stillness. Somber colours controlling the vividness and the achromactic colour of the Indian ink painting. There is a beauty of refined simplicity.
 
Colours converted from CMYK to Hex colour for screen view Colour Names
Hiiro
Yamabukiiro
Hiwairo
Senzaimidori
Botanjiro
Suouiro
Tobiiro
Nibiiro
Ginnezu
Keshizumiiro
Sumiiro

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