藍 means 'indigo'

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Strokes : 18    Frequency: 1817   JLPT: N1    Usefulness: 5    Study set: 5-32    Grade: 8   Intermediate lesson: -    Beginner lesson: -   Begins 45 words   Used in 73 words   Used in 309 names   Not used as a component
Jōyō (常用)
   あい indigo
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Indigo became important in Japan partly because commoners couldn’t wear silk and instead chose cotton. Farmers’ indigo work togs shaped the creative inclinations of a contemporary dyer who loves to wrestle with indigo’s “persona.” A term for “temple” is inside a word for “pelican,” just as “cabbage” lies inside “kale” and “brussels sprouts.” The essay unravels all of these mysteries.
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I’ve Got the Blues
紺 紫 藍 瑠
A deep dive into dyeing gives you the blues in the best of ways, also illuminating the clothing of commoners versus that of the elites and priests. Speaking of priests, three of the essays connect to Buddhism. More unexpectedly, sea creatures, achievement medals, the colors of the rainbow, birds, gems, and vegetables all prove to be common ground. See which color the Japanese associate with uniforms and which one they think of when seeing soy sauce and cigarette smoke.
⿱   () grass   keep watch  
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In the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese, 藍 is used 2 times, read 2 ways.
Across all words in Japanese, 藍 is used 66 times, read 2 ways.
ラン : 28 words FIND ALL
pupil excelling his master
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あい : 38 words FIND ALL
indigo blue
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An additional 7 less common words include 藍 but the reading has not yet been categorized.
Henshall: Joy o' Kanji : 2130  Key to Kanji:

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ラン   あい indigo   
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カン    keep watch, oversee   
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シン   ジン    subject, retainer   
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イチ   イツ   ひと    ひと- one   
ジン   ニン   ひと man   
さら dish   
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