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What would the correct way to write and say northeast, northwest, north-north-east, etc?

In Chinese, we put east and west first and then put north or south at the end, for example, 東北 for northeast.
Is this the same in Japanese? And would the Japanese pronunciation be とうほく, ひがしきた or something else?
Also, how would one write or say directions such as north-north-east or south-west-south (ie. Cardinal directions with three parts)?

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You can find a list of compass directions on wikipedia:

1 北 N トラモンターナ (en) 0.00° 5.62°
2 北微東 NbE Qto Tramontana verso Greco 5.63° 11.25° 16.87°
3 北北東 NNE Greco-Tramontana 16.88° 22.50° 28.12°
4 北東微北 NEbN Qto Greco verso Tramontana 28.13° 33.75° 39.37°
5 北東 NE グレコ (en) 39.38° 45.00° 50.62°
6 北東微東 NEbE Qto Greco verso Levante 50.63° 56.25° 61.87°
7 東北東 ENE Greco-Levante 61.88° 67.50° 73.12°
8 東微北 EbN Qto Levante verso Greco 73.13° 78.75° 84.37°
9 東 E レバンテ (en) 84.38° 90.00° 95.62°
10 東微南 EbS Qto Levante verso Scirocco 95.63° 101.25° 106.87°
11 東南東 ESE Levante-Scirocco 106.88° 112.50° 118.12°
12 南東微東 SEbE Qto Scirocco verso Levante 118.13° 123.75° 129.37°
13 南東 SE シロッコ 129.38° 135.00° 140.62°
14 南東微南 SEbS Qto Scirocco verso Ostro 140.63° 146.25° 151.87°
15 南南東 SSE Ostro-Scirocco 151.88° 157.50° 163.12°
16 南微東 SbE Qto Ostro verso Scirocco 163.13° 168.75° 174.37°
17 南 S オストロ (en) 174.38° 180.00° 185.62°
18 南微西 SbW Qto Ostro verso Libeccio 185.63° 191.25° 196.87°
19 南南西 SSW Ostro-Libeccio 196.88° 202.50° 208.12°
20 南西微南 SWbS Qto Libeccio verso Ostro 208.13° 213.75° 219.37°
21 南西 SW リベッチオ (en) 219.38° 225.00° 230.62°
22 南西微西 SWbW Qto Libeccio verso Ponente 230.63° 236.25° 241.87°
23 西南西 WSW Ponente-Libeccio 241.88° 247.50° 253.12°
24 西微南 WbS Qto Ponente verso Libeccio 253.13° 258.75° 264.37°
25 西 W ポネンテ (en) 264.38° 270.00° 275.62°
26 西微北 WbN Qto Ponente verso Maestro 275.63° 281.25° 286.87°
27 西北西 WNW Maestro-Ponente 286.88° 292.50° 298.12°
28 北西微西 NWbW Qto Maestro verso Ponente 298.13° 303.75° 309.37°
29 北西 NW マエストロ 309.38° 315.00° 320.62°
30 北西微北 NWbN Qto Maestro verso Tramontana 320.63° 326.25° 331.87°
31 北北西 NNW Maestro-Tramontana 331.88° 337.50° 343.12°
32 北微西 NbW Qto Tramontana verso Maestro 343.13° 348.75° 354.37°
1 北 N トラモンターナ (en) 354.38° 360.00°

And a sample of readings here:

① 北微西 … ほくびせい
② 北微東 … ほくびとう
③ 北西微北 … ほくせいびほく
④ 北東微北 … ほくとうびほく
⑤ 北西微西 … ほくせいびせい
⑥ 北東微東 … ほくとうびとう
⑦ 西微北 … せいびほく
⑧ 東微北 … とうびほく
⑨ 西微南 … せいびなん
⑩ 東微南 … とうびなん
⑪ 南西微西 … なんせいびせい
⑫ 南東微東 … なんとうびとう
⑬ 南西微南 … なんせいびなん
⑭ 南東微南 … なんとうびなん
⑮ 南微西 … なんびせい
⑯ 南微東 … なんびとう

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While your links answer the OP's question, links die, the contents change. When possible it would be great if you could post a more informative answer. It would also help the site SEO, as the questions/answers are picked up by google, etc. –  Jeemusu Nov 23 '12 at 14:49
    
Thanks for pointing, I updated the post accordingly. –  Eric Nov 23 '12 at 14:55

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