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Author: David Hurley

Mahjong in Japan: A Personal Experience

Mahjong in Japan: A Personal Experience

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 job at a language school in Hiroshima in 1990 I took the opportunity to play mahjong in Japan. I asked some of my students about the game. Two of them, Noda-san and Yoshimoto-san, offered to teach me how to play. “But there are only three of us.” I replied. “Isn’t mahjong…

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