shaku

尺 (しゃく)

part of the traditional kanejaku system of measurement with units of sun, shaku, ken: 10 sun = 1 shaku; 6 shaku = 1 ken; though officially discontinued in 1966 in favor of the metric system, traditional craftsmen (e.g. carpenters, sword makers, taiko makers) still use shaku and sun; when ordering taiko in Japan, the size is given in shaku; 1 shaku = 30.3 cm = 11.9 in = 0.994 ft.

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