Sunday, August 18, 2013 7:19:23 AM
perhaps another example to illustrate the arbitrariness of color names: i have recurrent discussions with my wife about whether or not "mustard" is yellow or green. the correct answer is probably "in between what we can agree on is yellow and green", and each of us has a separate answer which side of the spectrum mustard-color is closer.
there are no biological differences between japanese eyes and other people's eyes, they perceive the same wavelengths of light as everyone else. "colors" have nothing to do with biology but are a conceptional issue, that is how do you separate, distinguish, and categorize the whole range of visible light. different cultures have seen different needs to draw distinctions, and it would be interesting to know why historically the japanese, or rather actually the chinese (because japanese simply imported the chinese characters / words, and with it the concepts.), and i`m afraid i don`t know the answer to that.
Friday, August 16, 2013 10:27:23 PM
I find the lack of distinction between blue and green odd. Is there any chance that there is a biological reason for this; that Japanese eyes see the colors differently from the rest of the world?