Languages › Japanese Learn the Colors in Japanese Share Flipboard Email Print Ilona Nagy/Moment Open/Getty Images Japanese Essential Japanese Vocabulary History & Culture Japanese Grammar By Namiko Abe Japanese Language Expert B.A., Kwansei Gakuin University Namiko Abe is a Japanese language teacher and translator, as well as a Japanese calligraphy expert. She has been a freelance writer for nearly 20 years. our editorial process Namiko Abe Updated May 06, 2019 In Japanese, all colors are treated as nouns, unlike English, which also considers colors to be adjectives. Common Colors and Phrases Iro 色 - ColorsAo 青 - BlueAka 赤 - RedChairo 茶色 - BrownDaidaiiro 橙色 - OrangeHaiiro 灰色 - GreyKiiro 黄色 - YellowKkimidori 黄緑 - Light greenKuro 黒 - BlackMidori 緑 - GreenMizuiro 水色 - Light blueMomoiro 桃色 - PinkMurasaki 紫 - PurpleShiro 白 - WhiteSukina iro wa nan desu ka. 好きな色は何ですか。- What is your favorite color?