My daughter bought a new video game. It wasn’t actually new because she bought it from a second-hand shop. The title is “Pokemon Black and White.” This game is an RPG and it has two different versions: Black and White. She bought a “White” version. At first, she wanted to buy a “Black” one, but there was no “Black” version at the shop. She said, “I don’t care about Black nor White.”
The stage on the “Black” version is urban, but the one on the “White” is rural.
She started the game after she came home. She could choose a character among three, with which the hero in the game traveled. She picked up Mijumaru, which looks like a sea otter. She wanted to name it and she asked me, “Mom, what can I say “mizuiro” in English?” The name of Mijumaru is related to mizu and his body color is mizuiro.
Well, mizuiro in Japanese is compound with “mizu” and “iro.” Mizu means water and iro means color, so mizuiro means the color of the water literally.
You may wonder there is a color of the water. Water has no color and no smell. However, in Japan, water has a collor in the language. It’s mizuiro.
She believed I could speak English and she had no idea I didn’t know the English word for “mizuiro.” Neither did I.
To tell you the truth, I didn’t know the name of the color for mizuiro.
I think the names of the color are very easy words. Red, blue, green, black, white, purple, pink, orange, yellow, grey, brown and anything! However, I didn’t know the English word for mizuiro. I was so surprised at the fact. At the same time, this was one of the reason why my English weren’t improved any more.
When I learn English words, I tend to remember more difficult words like disciple, pauperism and fallacious. It’s a kind of ridiculous.
I looked it up in my dictionary and found the word “aqua.”
The first picture shows a string colored “mizuiro.” Japanese people call this color mizuiro, the color of the water.
Do you call it aqua? Do you have another color name? Light blue?
See the last picture. It’s Mijumaru, which my daughter drew for this journal.