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English citations of shaku

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  • 1913, M. W. De Visser, Dragon in China and Japan, Kessinger Publishing (2003), →ISBN:
    page 162: Then there appeared on the right side of the altar a snake, five shaku long, carrying a little gold-coloured snake, about five sun in length, and after a while both disappeared into the pond.
    page 164: And behold, a gold-coloured dragon, eight sun long, appeared, seated on the head of a snake, more than nine shaku in length, and entered the pond.
    page 218: The second stone, which was black and about three shaku long, lay in a garden and was said to cause even a clear summer sky to become cloudy in a moment, when it was touched by somebody.
    page 221: The Wakan sansai zui (1713) describes how on lake Biwa a man saw a little snake, about one shaku long, which same swimming to the shore []
  • 1952, Post Wheeler, The Sacred Scriptures of The Japanese, Kessinger Publishing (2006), →ISBN:
    page 29: And she unbound her hair and twisted it in two bunches, wound it with jewels, tied up her skirts in the form of trousers, bejewelled her arms, donned a string of five hundred jewels eight shaku long, girded on three swords of ten-, nine-, and eight-hand-lengths []
    page 133: In my dream I ascended Mount August-House, and facing eastward, shook a spear eight shaku long and smote with a sword eight shaku long.
    page 153: His stature was ten shaku, two sun, and the length of his shin four shaku, one sun.
  • 1989, Heino Engel, Measure and Construction of the Japanese House, Tuttle Publishing, →ISBN:
    page 22: Though in Japan the metric system has been in use since 1891, the ordinary residence is still controlled by the traditional measure system. Its basic unit is the Japanese foot called shaku, almost identical with the English foot.
    page 39: Contrary to inconsistent column distance in the kyō-ma method, intercolumniation in the inaka-ma method is strictly based on the square grid of 1 ken (6 shaku), and is not dependent on interior mat or panel size.
  • 1997, Norma Field, From My Grandmother’s Bedside: Sketches of Postwar Tokyo, University of California Press, →ISBN, page 154:
    My aunt's ruler is the length of a shaku, just a little short of a foot. It is graduated in sun.
  • 2002: Japanese Cabinetry: The Art & Craft of Tansu (page 172)
    Such spaces were 6 shaku in length by 1.5 shaku in depth, or roughly 70 to 72 inches by 17 to 19 inches.
  • 2002, D. E. Tarver (translator), Miyamoto Musashi (author), The Book of Five Rings, iUniverse (2004), →ISBN, page xxv:
    The cryptic vision compelled Gonnosuke to whittle a short staff about four shaku, two sun, and one bu in length (128 cm).
  • 2005: Beautiful Boys/Outlaw Bodies: Devising Kabuki Female-Likeness (page 54)
    She had crystal rosary beads hung about her neck, and she tied on a sword with a golden hilt and a white shark skin sheath of two shaku six sun in length, along with a short sword in a gold case about two shaku in length.
  • 2006, Masaaki Hatsumi, Japanese Sword Fighting: Secrets of the Samurai, →ISBN:
    page 90: After this, it is said that at the Kobuso (school for teaching vassals/retainers to the shogun), the length of shinai was fixed at 3 shaku 8 sun.
    page 98: There were many schools of the spear, and a great variety of types and lengths of spears. There were those that were less than 5 shaku, those over 2 ken, and those over 1 jo.
    page 100: Since the Tensho period (1573–92) of the Warring States period, the length of the tachi was from 2 shaku 2 sun to 2 shaku 3 or 4 sun at its longest.


  • Jackson, David (2002) Japanese Cabinetry: The Art & Craft of Tansu, →ISBN
  • Mezur, Katherine (2005) Beautiful Boys/Outlaw Bodies: Devising Kabuki Female-Likeness, →ISBN