Visualizing Traditional Japanese Color Palettes

Chisato den Engelsen looks at 465 traditional color palettes used in Japan:

Since each of colours had name, I also was curious if there are some characters that are used more often than other. Colour name was written in two ways in this website. One in Kanji and other in Hiragana.

I love wordcloud2 to visualize the wordcloud, so I can see which characters appears more often the others.

It’s an interesting exercise and all of the R code is included.  Be sure to check out the list of colors with a character representing “rat” or “mouse” in the name.  H/T R-Bloggers

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