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Posted: 31 October 2011 10:01 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 46 ]
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I have a whole album of shakuhachi music stored on my hard-drive, and now I’m worried I’m liable to accusations of storing porn.

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Posted: 31 October 2011 10:39 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 47 ]
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OP Tipping - 31 October 2011 07:02 AM

shakuhachi, literally 1.8 shaku, roughly 60 cm
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Wait ... hachi means 1.8?

Hachi means eight.  The one part is assumed in the shaku.

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Posted: 31 October 2011 04:43 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 48 ]
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Sorry for the confusion. What Faldo said. shakuhachi means “(1) shaku 8 (sun)”. A shaku is roughly 1/3 of a meter, and it is divided into 10 sun. A standard shakuhachi is 1.8 shaku, but there are other longer ones.

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Posted: 31 October 2011 11:24 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 49 ]
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shaku
a Japanese word meaning “measure” or “scale”, also used for several traditional units in Japan: [1] As a unit of distance, the shaku is the Japanese foot, equal to about 30.30 centimeters or 11.93 inches; [2] As a unit of area, the shaku equals 330.6 square centimeters (51.24 square inches); [3] As a unit of volume, the shaku equals about 18.04 milliliters (0.61 U.S. fluid ounce).

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http://www.unc.edu/~rowlett/units/dictS.html

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