It’s been a while since the last news post (and post) so let’s jump straight in:
Message from Benjamin Boas
Benjamin wrote the following message to the Osamuko facebook group and asked if we could crosspost:
Recent efforts to spread riichi all over the world have been wonderful to see, particularly Daina Chiba’s book, the first publication for players who have advanced beyond an introductory level.
I’m posting this image to remind people that ever since the early days of international competition, major figures in the Japanese world have been supportive of efforts to spread the good word about riichi. The best example of this is Kyoichiro Noguchi, founder Takeshobo (publisher of Kindai Mahjong), who probably did more than any single person to promote serious competitive Mahjong at an international level. There are many others who donated significant time and resources in the “early” days, including Ichiro Tanioka, Hirokazu Baba, Ryan Morris, and Alban’s Chiyuki Funakoshi.
I encourage leaders of future projects similar to Daina’s to reach out to people like the above, if only to let them know of the community’s progress. They will appreciate the information and if they are in a position to help they probably will.
Daina Chiba’s Riichi Mahjong book
Daina Chiba has wrote an excellent free mahjong strategy book. I highly recommend everyone to read it! http://riichi.dynaman.net/
Tournament in Rochester, New York and other American activities
There will be a mahjong tournament in Rochester in March. Deadline for registering is the 28th of February and it’s just $35 to register, which is really cheap for a mahjong tournament! Visit http://mahjong-ny.com/2016-rochester-riichi-open/ for more information.
The USPML will be running a booth for the 3rd year in a row at PAX east. Badges are sold out but if you already have one, make sure to check it out!
Yenpress had licensed Saki as a digital only release in July 2015. The first volume was released late Decemember. While the translation is shaky regarding mahjong terms, it’s a good idea to support it as this could lead to more mahjong manga being licensed! Volume one can be purchased on the various platforms listed at http://www.hachettebookgroup.com/titles/none/Saki-Vol-1/9780316354943/?yen for $2.99/£2.49