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    aikuchi or aiguchi?????

    this is more a question of language I guess. I have seen the Japanese dagger (without a guard) called both aiguchi and aikuchi. What is the reason for this difference? thanks in advance
    Christian Zarrilli

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    Re: aikuchi or aiguchi?????

    Originally posted by Christian
    this is more a question of language I guess. I have seen the Japanese dagger (without a guard) called both aiguchi and aikuchi. What is the reason for this difference? thanks in advance
    The only difference is likely that Japanese pronunciation can't always be perfectly transliterated into English, and different translators will render a word slightly differently. I'm sure both words refer to the same kind of tanto...
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    It's "aikuchi"

    I believe the correct Western spelling is "aikuchi". It's rarely written with a "g" instead of "k", e.g. "uchigatana" instead of "uchikatana" but the "k" is more standard in this kase... er, case.
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    Christian:

    The trouble lies in the Japanese language itself. Certain conditions
    call for the change of a letter for pronunciation purposes.

    For example, the opening in the saya (scabbard) where the
    habaki (sword collar) nestles in snuggly, is called the
    "koiguchi" (lit. Koi Mouth). A koi is a Japanese fish. The fish
    is called a Koi and the Japanese word for mouth is Kuchi. When
    the combination of a vowel and the K are used, the K becomes
    a G. "koiguchi"

    The word Aikuchi means "tight fitting mouth." Both are correct.
    In fact, it may be written Aikuchi and some Japanese will
    pronounce it Aiguchi. *shrug* We can't win on this one. You
    will often see "H" turned to "B" in similar situations.

    Don't fret. This happens a lot in the Japanese language.

    Practice hard.

    -Shawn P.

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