Black is a powerful and foreboding color in Japanese culture.
Traditionally, black has represented death, destruction, doom, fear and sorrow. Especially when used alone, black represents mourning and misfortune and is often worn to funerals. Black has also traditionally been a color of formality and has increasingly come to represent elegance, with the growing popularity of Western conceptions of black-tie events.
While the strict color Rank System with colors based on a merit level in society is no longer in place, traditional Japanese colors still hold an important position in Japanese culture.