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Taka-sa

Taka-sa means 'height'; it is a noun derived from the adjective takai 'high, tall'.

Normally taka-sa is written , with the suffix -sa written in hiragana, as below:


Taka-sa seigen
Height limit 2.1m

However, there is also a rather peculiar quasi-technical usage, found when writing dimensions, in which the suffix -sa is written in katakana (). The sign below was right next to the sign found above.


Zujō chūi
Taka-sa seigen 2.1m

Attention overhead
Height limit 2.1m

A Google search in August 2003 found that takasa was overwhelmingly written . Only in a small minority of cases was found.

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