Mahjong in Japan: A Personal Experience

February 26, 2020 David Hurley 2

This article about my experience of mahjong in Japan was first published on a now defunct blog back in 2001. From quite early on in my life I had wanted to learn to play mahjong. The teeming variety and exotic charm of the tiles fascinated me. When I accepted a [Read more…]

Cherry Blossom Viewing in Hatsukaichi

April 9, 2019 David Hurley 0

We had the perfect weather for the cherry blossom season this weekend and so I went out on Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon to see the blossom. Saturday Evening Hanami and Dinner Party Hatsukaichi is a suburb of Hiroshima. Actually, nowadays it’s a city in its own right. Anyway, it’s [Read more…]

Farewell To The Last Of The Heisei Graduates

March 8, 2019 David Hurley 0

Yesterday I attended the graduation ceremony and graduate party for the Heisei 30 graduates of Hiroshima College of Foreign Languages (HCFL). It struck me as I watched the formal Graduation Ceremony that these are the last students to graduate during the Heisei Era (平成時代) as the current emperor will abdicate [Read more…]

Opening moves of the Jobava London system.

The Pub Chess Bluffer Unleashes(?) The Jobava London…

February 28, 2019 David Hurley 0

Last Wednesday I “unleashed” a surprise attack against my regular chess partner, Dr. M, by deploying the Jobava London system, after watching the first of Simon Williams’ YouTube videos on the topic. Simon is an erstwhile quaffing partner of mine. We met during the British Chess Championships in Llandudno in [Read more…]