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…]

Tengu: Japan’s Long-Nosed Demon-God

November 8, 2015 David Hurley 0

Tengu are mythical Japanese demon-gods (yokei) who live in remote forests and mountains of Japan. A typical Tengu has a red face with a long, somewhat obscene red nose. Tengu usually have bushy eyebrows and beards as well. The characters that make up the work Tengu mean “heaven” + “dog” [Read more…]

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Chess In Devon…?

June 4, 2013 David Hurley 0

I am planning to spend three weeks in Devon in August. For two of those weeks my daughter will be attending an English language course at a summer school in Teignmouth and I shall revert, for the first time in a decade, to my old accustomed bachelor freedom. How to [Read more…]

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Day Trip to Mihara

June 11, 2012 David Hurley 0

Title: Day Trip to Mihara Location: Hiroshima Prefecture Link out: Click here Description: A day trip to Mihara to visit Tim Buthod, go to a festival and various izakaya and bars… Date: 2012-05-26 The bullet train station at Mihara is built on the ruins of Mihara castle. On our way [Read more…]

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Kyushu Holiday Photos

August 26, 2011 David Hurley 4

We had a fine time of it in Kagoshima and Miyazaki. Here are some photos of our holiday. The first three were taken by Neil… sadly the rest, which I was hosting on Blue Melon, were lost when I failed to back them up and forgot to renew the subscription… [Read more…]