What do different colors mean in Japanese culture?

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Red generally has to do with both Shinto and Buddhist traditions, and brides often wear it.
Orange means happiness and love
Yellow means bravery and cheerfulness (quite the opposite of our Western interpretation of cowardice). It's also to color of the national crest, the chrysanthemum, and in Buddhism, yellow is sacred (although fewer Japanese Buddhists wear it...)
Green means life (like plants)
Blue means hope and wisdom
Purple means wealth and authority
White means mourning and death (although it's occasionally used in small amounts with other colors to conjure a different meaning)
Black generally means experience, age, and sometime status (that's why you see many geishas wearing it-but don't get them mixed up with the younger maiko that wear colorful kimonos and are only apprentice geishas)
Brown doesn't have an exact counterpart in Japanese, but the Japanese generally describe it as 'tea' or 'earth' .
Pink generally isn't very common in traditional Japanese culture, but it usually has to do with cherry blossoms or, in a Western-influenced viewpoint, femininity.
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