Written by Kumiko Toya
Every year since 2000, The Pantone® Color Institute has chosen a color that reflects the current cultural climate. This year, it is not the color, but the Colors for the Year 2021: "Illuminating", a vibrant yellow, and "Ultimate Gray", a neutral gray.
CREDIT: COURTESY OF PANTONE
While they are two very different colors, they complement each other. The brightness of Illuminating yellow stands out against the neutrality of Ultimate Gray, creating a powerful union of strength, hope and optimism. Isn't it the message we need right now?
The year 2021 is the year of the cow in Japanese zodiac. The cow is an animal with gentle, hard working nature who is closely associated with Buddhism. I drew an Etegami with a beko (papier-mâche cow) that has signified good luck and protection in Illuminating and Ultimate Gray.
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