Monday, November 12, 2012

Let's Play Japanese Mahjong (Riichi)

I'm a beginner Japanese Mahjong (Riichi) player. I played Mahjong for the first time in 2007. I hated it. The guys challenged me to learn Mahjong and try again in 2009. I accepted. I love the game today even though I won a total of three games since my first win in July 2010. Mahjong is a social game for three or four players. The game requires thinking, predicting, and strategy. I see myself playing the game in my senior years because it keeps my brain active.

One of the ways I learned Mahjong was searching on the web for setup, rules, basic strategy, scoring, and hands. I was disappointed to find few resources. I created a beginner's guide to help me learn the hands. I want to share the list. Click the link below to download.

My Riichi Hand's Guide

Contact me if there are errors. If you live in the San Francisco Bay Area, contact me and we see about meeting up. My group is looking for players. I included a scoring chart on the last page to assist with scoring. Source of the pics are from's flash version of Mahjong.

I own two Mahjong books that teaches the Chinese version. These books provided little help for the Japanese version. There is an offline mahjong game Saikyo no Mahjong 3D translated in English. I provide the download file link and a glossary guide below. If the download link fails, then Google "Saikyo no Mahjong 3D" to find other hosting websites.

Saikyo no Mahjong Download English Version

Saikyo no Mahjong Rules Explanation

Here is an online version of Mahjong. The game is difficult for early beginners.

Mahjong Flash Online

These websites below provide resources and information. Osamuko's terminology source is daunting for the early beginner, yet has lots of definitions.

Mahjong Made Simple

European Mahjong Association


Japanese Mahjong

Osamuko's Mahjong Blog List Of Terminology

Finally, the Wikipedia resources.

Japanese Mahjong

Japanese Mahjong Hands

Japanese Mahjong Scoring

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