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Monday 4th May: Golf Practice Or How To Drive A Ball 100 Yards With Any Club…

Monday 4th May: Golf Practice Or How To Drive A Ball 100 Yards With Any Club…

Ah yes, golf. Having avoided this subject for virtually a year, I found myself having to dust off Mr David Leadbetter’s book “The Golf Swing” and haul my neglected clubs out of the attic in preparation for a round of golf at Takanosu Golf Club somewhere in the Japanese countryside north west of Hiroshima. It all came about because I happen to “teach” Mrs W, the owner of the club, English. Or, more accurately, we play mahjong along with Mrs…

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Friday 30th April: Chombo Wakes Up Noda…

Friday 30th April: Chombo Wakes Up Noda…

Ray and Jaime were taking on Noda tonight. It seems that all was going along fairly quietly until Noda discovered that he had accumulated too many tiles on his first Oya-ship of the third game and had therefore committed a Chombo. That had the effect of waking him up. He went on to win that game, with Ray replying in the fourth leaving everything to play for in the fifth and final game. However, Noda dominated the game to finish…

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Friday 16th April: Mister Nobu Rising…

Friday 16th April: Mister Nobu Rising…

The first time Jaime and I met Mr Hanada he was in the company of the former’s trouble’n’strife, or rather more correctly, that esteemed lady was in the company of Mr Hanada since he, being her boss, might well be the owner of the company which employs her. Be that as it may, the plain and simple fact of the matter is that the Lord and Master of that lady’s work space was perfectly pie eyed, quite frankly fried to…

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Noda’s Zombie Mahjong – Hit By Yakitori & Chinrootoo But Still UnDead!

Noda’s Zombie Mahjong – Hit By Yakitori & Chinrootoo But Still UnDead!

Last Friday evening Noda played mahjong like a zombie. He failed to win a single hand in the first game and was stuck with his Yakitori on the table. In negative figures in the second game, and caught out by David’s Chinrootoo Ron in the third, Noda just kept coming back. Jaime was devoured in the fourth game and Zombie Noda ended up on top of the pile.  Noda had begun to show signs of revival in the third game….

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Two Ladies Join The Lists

Two Ladies Join The Lists

On Friday afternoons I play mahjong with two Japanese ladies, one of whom was a complete beginner a few months ago. Mahjong has replaced English conversation, except inasmuch as I offer advice and game analysis in English. We play 4-player Riichi-style, but with elements of 3-player Mahjong thrown in. For example, the North tile is used as a “Dora” bonus tile, and we use the convenient scoring method of 3-player mahjong. Last Friday, with Jaime back in Blighty whacking balls…

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Neil’s Birthday Mahjong Bash…

Neil’s Birthday Mahjong Bash…

Neil, a former Lang Education Center English language teacher who now works as a roving Japanese translator and resides in the nether regions of Kyushu, emerged from his self-imposed exile and returned to Hiroshima to celebrate his thirty-somethingth birthday with a night of mahjong at Kodama jansou. L to R: Nobu, Neil, Jaime, Noda Noda held on to the starting Oya of the first game long enough for David to finish his chow and take the fourth seat. Noda rampaged…

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