Friday, July 22, 2011
The original kawara, rooftiles, in Japan were I believe black, as are most of them nowadays. You can find a few bright blue examples which are traditional Chinese I believe.
Most of the tiles in my area are a reddish-brown which seems fairly common in the west of Japan, but nowadays you can get them in just about any color. These were on display outside a local tile factory that has now gone out of business.
There actually seems to be more colors available for rooftiles than there are for housepaint. Houses usually are painted in a very small range of colors.