Blue in Japanese also means Green.

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Jun 6, 2009 09:43
I am thinking about color today.

I am familiar with color engineering, so I always check color in a daily life.

I know blue (ao) in Japanese means green color.
That remains from old Japanese color expression.

Some English learners tend to mistake to translate "a green light(signal)" into "blue light(signal)".
And I'll figure out how many words and phrases I know.

A blue banboo ->A beautiful green banboo
Blue vegitable ->Green vegitable
A blue copper ->A rusty bronze (looks green)
He is blue. ->He is (as) green (as grass).
Blue two years(two years means young fish) ->Greenhorn
etc.

Get it?