July 08, 2012
...But in Japanese, vegetables are ao-mono, literally blue things. Green apples? They’re blue too. As are the first leaves of spring, if you go by their Japanese name. In English, the term green is sometimes used to describe a novice, someone inexperienced. In Japanese, they’re ao-kusai, literally they ‘smell of blue’...
You know...I really ought to have caught that.
I think that generally we in the west consider a rainbow to have five colors (red, orange, yellow, green, blue). In Japan they think it's seven: red, orange, yellow, light green, dark green, blue, purple. (Your picture doesn't accurately represent either side...)
The inclusion of purple is strange, because purple isn't really a color. All the others can be represented by a single frequency of light, but there is no single frequency of light which looks purple.
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at Sun Jul 8 18:49:27 2012 (+rSRq)
Also, I remember reading that it was DaVinci who proposed our division of the spectrum into 7 colors (not five). Remember the Mnemonic "Roy G. Biv" Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, Violet.
Posted by: Mauser at Sun Jul 8 21:36:13 2012 (cZPoz)
Your picture doesn't accurately represent either side
But it DOES accurately represent Hello Kitty riding a unicorn that is farting a rainbow and thus it is awesome.
Posted by: The Brickmuppet at Mon Jul 9 11:11:52 2012 (e9h6K)
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