Layered Kimono Colors in the Summer and Its Meaning: Tachibana and Hana-Tachibana:
Fashion displayed both aesthetical sense and intellect. Colors in Japan have beautiful names deriving from abundance of nature in Japan and often times used for layering kimono. Japanese ancestors were able to imagine a scenery of the season by hearing the name of each color and seeing coordinated colors.
Here is an introduction to colors and their beautiful names to imagine about Japanese summer through layering of kimono.
Tachibana: layering of colors kokikuchiba and nakaki
Tachibana is a type of citrus innate to the land of Japan in the west. Kokikuchiba is a darker color of orange, and nakaki is yellow. As both of these two colors are similar, it is said that this layering express the plump, round citrus; one color when seeing the citrus in the sun and the other when seeing it in the shade. Tachibana is the smell and taste of citrus as a fruit and also as Japanese sweets, feeling cooled down when tasting the freshness on the tongue.
Hana-tachibana: layering of colors nakakuchiba and nakaao
Nakakuchiba is a color yellower and lighter than kokikuchiba, and nakaao is a shade of dark green. Although the cute five-petaled hana-tachibana, or “flower of tachibana”, is white, its center is yellow as nakakuchiba. Nakaao is the deep green color of tachibana leaves. It is around June when hana-tachibana blooms and the rich, alluring smell melts the hearts of those passing by the tree. When hana-tachibana was read in Japanese poems, it often meant one reminiscing about love in the past.