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Why So Many Things Are Described As Blue in Japanese *Updated*

Is it blue or green?

In Japanese, this is called a blue apple(青林檎) | Photo by Marina Grynykha on Unsplash

While learning Japanese I have run into words that I would recognize as being green in English but in Japanese, they are described as being blue, or ao(青). For example, green apples(aoringo | 青林檎), green vegetables(aoyasai | 青野菜) and green traffic light(aoshingo | 青慎吾) all use the word for blue instead of green. This…

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