My first (Chinese) Mahjong set

See, I was thinking of making one huge article, but then it may become my first tl;dr and I don’t want that. So I’ll break it up into 3 readable articles.

Last week at the LMFC (London Mahjong Fight Club), I was casually asking someone where they got their MJ set from. He recommended a Chinese supermarket cash &

carry in North Greenwich. It’s called ‘See Woo’. (http://www.seewoo.com/greenwich)

So, on Thursday after work, I make my way down to this place. For anyone not in London, North Greenwich is where the O2 centre is, previously called the Millennium dome. I printed the map out and it didn’t look too far. By this point, it was already dark and I had to hurry up because they were going to close at 7pm. After walking about 15 minutes, I turn right on to a dual carriageway. In the distance I see a building with the words ‘SEE WOO’ on the front. Car drivers are mad and I endeavoured to wait for an appropriate gap in order to cross this 16 lane stupidness. (exaggeration, 3 lanes each direction). Safely crossed over, I press on in pursuit of the elusive MJ briefcase.

Decided to purchase a few other things too. Man’s gotta eat, right!? I couldn’t see any sets on the shelf so I asked a salesgrandwoman (She was in her 50s, at least). The first set she showed me came in a briefcase. That’s what I was looking for. Then she mentioned a more expensive set. I asked to take a look at it. It came in more of a toolbox-shaped case. I asked her what the difference was, but she just lied by saying the tiles were slightly bigger. I measured them side by side. They weren’t  Not even slightly. Anyway, it was coming close to 7pm, the till registers were closing. I asked her if they also sold the table surfaces. Conveniently, they were in the same place. I paid for my items, elated that I finally had a MJ set, I set off back home.

If you ever want an arm workout, carry a Chinese MJ set with you. Thing was a b!tch to carry home, along with my other purchases. I’ll leave you with a few pics of the set. It may not be obvious, but these tiles are massive in comparison to the Japanese tiles.

I actually count 5 items...
I actually count 5 items…
Briefcase of joy.
Briefcase of joy.
Elephants play mahjong, apparently...
Elephants play mahjong, apparently…
Pins, dots, wheels, circles, round family.
Pins, dots, wheels, circles, round family.
Bamboo, bam, sticks, lines, straight family.
Bamboo, bams, sticks, lines, straight family.
Man, 10,000, character, crack, Oriental family.
Mans, 10,000s, characters, cracks, Oriental family.

Winds, dragons, flowers, seasons. (No aka)
Winds, dragons, flowers, seasons. (No aka)
Dice, round indicator, tokens and other paraphernalia.
Dice, round indicator, tokens and other paraphernalia.
MJ surface
MJ surface.
Oh, actually, it's called a 'Majong Map'
Oh, actually, it’s called a ‘Majong Map’.