Mahjong player from UK, creator of osamuko. Sometimes I take photographs so people call me “Mahjong Photographer” even though I'm bad at it.
End of an Era, Tonpuusou Shuts Door After 21 Years
Online mahjong game Tonpuusou announced it is turning off the servers in March after 21 years of service. Created by Katsu "mjman" Azuma, Tonpuusou made its splash on the mahjong world in December 1996. It quickly became popular and after 3 years had reached 500,000 active accounts. It had
[Paifu Analysis] Is their Riichi hand expensive?
Orginal post: http://doraaka.exblog.jp/15552053/ by Kita Haz. Translation by Butane with permission Hi. Sorry to be getting straight to the point, but let’s say that you’re the dealer in a normal round, and on the 8th turn someone declares Riichi while your hand looks like
A History of Tenhou - Part 1
Release history until Tenhou: June 2000 - 25-year-old Tokyo University School of Engineering Postdoctoral student Shingo "C-Egg" Tsunoda released his first game, a free to play RTS 'Egg Market'. Egg Market gained a small fanbase, attracting, on average, 30-40 concurrent users. There was a premium membership option for the cost
International Mahjong Battle @ RTD
(Featured photo and various parts of this post are from Mahjong Watch [http://mj-news.net/game-app/2017022860658%22%3Ehttp://mj-news.net/game-app/2017022860658] in October of 2016, after finally planning my first ever trip to Japan with Daniel Moreno [https://twitter.com/xDasukex/] of PML, I emailed Shingo Tsunoda, creator
Profile: Masaharu Tomotake
Organization: Japan Professional Mahjong League Birthplace: Chiba Year born: 1958 Rank: 8 dan Years Pro: 23 Nickname(s): ? Favouite yaku: Sanshoku Doujun, Honitsu Titles: * 24th Hououi (2004) * 2nd World Riichi Championship (2017) International Tournament Results: * 1st World Riichi Championship 2014 (6/120) * 2nd World Riichi Championship 2017 (1/224) Ron2
2017 World Riichi Championship Las Vegas - Report Part 2 - Tournament
Day 3 - Thursday 5th I woke up rather early. Even though I went to bed at 3am, I woke up at 6am. Jet lag? I wasn't feeling tired though. While confirming where the breakfast was, I saw Toshiyuki Tomozoe-pro (Afro-pro) from Saikouisen in the shop next door to the
2017 World Riichi Championship Las Vegas - Report Part 1 - Prologue
The 2017 World Riichi Championship took place in Las Vegas last week and attracted 224 players, almost doubling the participant size from its predecessor, making it no doubt the largest Japanese mahjong tournament outside of Japan. Day 1 I arrived in Vegas on the 3rd of October and after attempting
Professional Mahjong Commentary on Mondo in English!
MondoTV have uploaded 2 videos with English commentary by mahjong researcher Benjamin Boas and mahjong author Ryan Morris. Benjamin’s contribrutions to the community should be fairly well known to everyone, and Ryan’s less so. Ryan Morris is the author of the excellent but sadly now defunct “Japanese Mahjong
Totori-sensei 19 years old wins the first season of Tenhoui vs Renmei
Photo from Ben and Deniz This year JPML collaborated with Tenhou and hosted a 6 month long Tenhoui vs Renmei pro tournament. The first season used a Tenhou based ruleset with 50/20/0/70 uma, red fives, agari yame and tenpai yame. Final Playoff ResultsRankNameTenhoui #Total1Totorisensei 19sai11204.42Naoki SetokumaN/
Mahjong News 20-01-2016
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
A Step Forward (Mahjong Japan Series)
This month, the Japan Professional Mahjong League debuted a new tournament, the Mahjong Japan Series. This series gathers 12 players who have either won a major title in 2014, voted by the public during a live stream or were recommended by JPML. The 12 players are: Fujita Susumu (Saikyosen) Masayoshi
2015 UK Riichi Mahjong Open Results (Day 2 Final Results)
Edit 18/08: UKMA have uploaded the rankings to their website ( http://www.ukmahjong.co.uk/results.html), however there seems to be a few errors in their table. Differences from the table below and the ‘official’ table: Paola Bungaro: 109900 -> 110600 Nick Dyer: 89800 -> 57900 Junichi Tanaka:
Bots on Tenhou? More likely than you think!
Inspired by Shogi’s ‘Denousen’, a niconico sponsored AI vs professional tournament, Tsunoda has posted [http://blog.tenhou.net/article/121538373.html] on Tenhou’s blog a few months ago that he wanted to hold similar tournaments. While bots were previously banned from Tenhou, with permission from Tsunoda, programmers may
Tohai S1 is completely subbed!
Tohai Season 1 [https://www.viki.com/tv/25711c-tohai-i] xkime previously subbed episode 1 of the live action adaptation of Shinasaka’s Tohai manga, since then he has moved on to subbing it on Rakuten’s (free) streaming service viki and has just finished subbing the final episode of season
Benjamin Boas Leads in First Session of Good Players Club Tokyo Chomeijin
About GPC Good Players Club is run by Katayama Masayuki and Baba Hirokazu and organizes public leagues and tournaments throughout Japan. Anyone who is a ‘productive member of society’, not a Jangoro (basically a hardcore mahjong gambler) and agree with their charter: 1: Good Players appreciate their opponents. 2. Good
English Online Mahjong Events
PML Mugboney Mug After 4 long months the PML Mugboney Mug Team tournament finally ended, the winner was Team ／人◕ ‿‿ ◕人＼ (Pronounced ‘keiyaku’). The tournament had 20 3 player teams, and was sponsored by the Pacific Mahjong League [http://www.pacificml.com/] and wixoss.org. This was the 2nd tournament
Tenhou Event List for August
[Event Name] Theories from the Demon of Tenhou [Description] Shibukawa Namba-pro (kyoukai) streams for Tenhou players [Date] 16/08/2014 20:00 – 22:00 Demonic gameplay & game analysis [Broadcast] http://ch.nicovideo.jp/ch2525293 [Sponsor] Tenhou -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- [Event Name] Benikujaku Cup ~Let’s become at least a bit better than