TOHAI Episode 1 (English Subs)

I’ve finally finished subing the first episode of manga-based mahjong live action dorama TOHAI.

Never heard of it? From AnimeNewsNetwork:

Gōki Maeda (Gakko ja Oshierarenai!) will star in the film as K, and Akane (of Girl(s) ACTRY) will play Amina, the illegal foreign girl he is looking after. Hidekazu Ichinose (Katekyo Hitman Reborn!‘s Gokudera) will play K’s rival Dōjima, and Satoshi Ichijō (Kamen Rider Ryuki) will play Seki, the man who introduces K to the underworld of mahjong. Other cast members include Ayu Higashi, Motoki Fukami, Masato Yoshizawa, Gan Iwata, and Yasukaze Motomiya. Yūichi Onuma (Nude, Musubime) is directing the film and writing the script.

The manga follows a high school boy named “K” and his battles in the underworld of mahjong with high stakes and lives on the line. Shinasaka launched the first Tōhai series in Young Champion in 2006, and he then began the currently-running series, Tōhai: Hitobashira-hen, in 2011. The first series has 12 volumes, while the fourth volume of the current series shipped on January 18.



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A silly update post with news…

You might be aware of the leagues and tournaments we’re hosting, as well as what’s going on with mahjong internationally, but I I’m here to bring you the smaller updates that didn’t make the front page! Translated mahjong manga, subtitled mahjong dorama, Houou players, tenhou backgrounds and more.


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[Montreal (QC), Canada] 1st North American Riichi Open

Welcome to all,

I am proud to present to you the 1st North American Riichi Open that will be held in Montreal!

Date: June 13 and 14, 2015.
Time: 0900 to 1730, Saturday and Sunday.
Location: Collège de Maisonneuve, room E-3313.
Address: 3800, Sherbrooke Street East, Montréal (Québec) H1X 2A2
Format: 8 hanchan of 90 minutes.
Rules: Japanese Mahjong, competitive ari-ari style. More details below.
Registration: By e-mail, at and responding to the provided registration form.
Cost: $40 (about 32 USD), paid in advance at the club or by Paypal.


The tournament will consist of an 8-game competition (hanchan, 4 on Saturday and 4 on Sunday) and registration is open to all. It will be held at the “Collège Maisonneuve” (3800, rue Sherbrooke Est (métro station Pie-IX)) and the registration cost is 40 $, with two lunches included.

The number of registrations is limited to 32 for the moment. We wish to welcome all participants from Montreal, from Canada, from the United States and beyond.

To contact the organization:
Accepted payments: Either in cash during a club meet or by Paypal in advance. Please contact us before paying. Registration is open until May 18.
Location: 3800, Sherbrooke Street East, Montréal, QC — Entrance on de Bourbonnière — Métro station Pie-IX

Read More update – accurate rank/pt now available

As some of you who use Tenhou may have noticed, the (“Tenhou ranking tool”) service is finally living up to its name. I have added estimation of player rank/pt according to the current information provided by Tenhou. By setting the correct date range in the query, this turns out to be extremely reliable.

A nice application of this feature is for you yourself to link people to an up to date player record, just as KyuuAA and Yazphier have done in their user pages on the wiki:

I have also added some detailed breakdown by hour and day-of-the-week for player statistics. A full description of all this stuff can be found on the news page.


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Interview with Simon from Chuuren Potos Jansou (Marseille [FR])

Last November, Simon proceeded to open a business: a jansou in Marseille, France. We had a chance to interview him back in November, and are releasing the content of the interview on Our interview was conducted live on IRC in front of a digital audience: this implies that separate lines have been separated by three dashes (rendered as an em dash) and that some responses may be slightly out of chronological order by a few seconds. Irrelevant comments were removed, but relevant interjections from the IRC channel were welcome and present below.


♦Senechal: Anyways, to not make things difficult, I’ll probably just go through the question list I sent before and whatever comes up spontaneously we’ll find a way to work it in
♠Simon: Fine with me — I didn’t prepare any answers though so I may lag a bit..
♦Senechal: no problem — First of all, before we hit the questions part, tell us about Chuuren Potos, the first public jansou in Europe and only active one outside Asia.

♠Simon: I think we will all agree to say that mahjong, especially riichi, is just starting out outside of Japan. — In Europe it is mostly represented by organizations which aim at federating clubs. — Clubs in themselves are available in most major cities, so if you are a player you should be able to find some place where you can hit the table. — But what is mahjong remains a bit blurry. — What we wanted to do was to show people arround us what it is IRL. — and that’s what we try to focus on. — So this jansou is supposed to be not only a place to play but also to discover “the wonderful world of mahjong” if I may use this overused figure. (more…)

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Tournament rulesets must be simple

This article of mine was well-received on #osamuko this afternoon. As recommended by osamu, I’ll cross-post it here. :-)

Why game rulesets for tournament play must be simple

This post was inspired by a discussion during the EMA RCR rules revision (Japanese mahjong tournament rules). However, you don’t have to play the game to understand this, this is general ruleset design.

Here are reasons why simplicity is an important design goal.


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Winter 2015 Online Mahjong Initiatives

Quick reminders of what is going on, since the completion of the Bugmoney tournament.

  • Light Mahjong Club: Info via reddit and IRC, Saturday January 24, 18:00 UTC and ongoing.
  • 2015 WAML Season 1: Info via website, wiki and IRC. Registration now open on the website, closing March 15, 23:59 UTC. Opponents will be assigned: times can be anything agreeable and played anytime until the deadlines.

Now since I will be running the WAML league activities, I would like to mention that this is totally unlike the 2012-2013 freeplay league that was running. This will resemble more the kind of performance and competitiveness that JPML and NPM Kyoukai leagues have, where everyone has an equal amount of games to play, promotions into higher leagues or demotions will occur and the awarding of dan rankings will occur through the accumulation of power points over the seasons.

If you are still relatively new to mahjong, we recommend that you both practice in lighter events like LMC and play Tenhou to acquire a ranked account. WAML has a soft cap of 1-dan for players seeking to join: players below this cap are subject to passing a pro-test. We are aiming to recruit players from around the world.

One warning is to be made: matches are your responsibility to set up. Refusal to use IRC or inability to play except during a single three hour block once every two weeks will result in potential action taken by the management. Players should be able to be present in the channel at the deadline should the group matches not be played by then in order to solve the problem.

We will keep recruiting up to March 15, but if we start getting 17+ players, we will form some groups for immediate playing into WAML Season 1. Stay tuned!

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Edewecht 2014 tournament report, possible EMA rule changes

I (Simon) am very happy to have won the EMA 4-hanchan tournament at Edewecht, 2014-10-25.

Edewecht is considered the German mahjong capital. Many proliferous tournament players from Germany, the Netherlands and Denmark were competing. has the final rankings and a photo.

The lunch buffet was amazing, as was the cake! And we’ve had many friendly discussions.


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