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Friday 30th April: Chombo Wakes Up Noda…

May 10, 2010 David Hurley 0

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 [Read more…]

Friday 16th April: Mister Nobu Rising…

April 21, 2010 David Hurley 0

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 [Read more…]

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Two Ladies Join The Lists

February 26, 2010 David Hurley 1

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 [Read more…]

Neil’s Birthday Mahjong Bash…

February 12, 2010 David Hurley 2

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: [Read more…]