One of the most popular items on Japanese-Games-Shop has always been the Japanese Mahjong Combi Set. Today I am pleased to announce that it is now available with black mahjong tiles.
The combi set gives you everything you need to set up and play Japanese reach-style mahjong with genuine Japanese mahjong tiles, score sticks, wind marker, dice and playing mat.
Black Tile Combi Set Now Available!
Until now I only offered the white-tile version of the combi-set although the version with black mahjong tiles has been available for a long time in Japan.
Well, today, I finally got around to adding a black mahjong tiles option to the Japanese mahjong combi set listed on the mahjong sales page.
The good news is that the black tile set is only $2.50 more expensive than the standard white tile combi set. 🙂
Simply select “Black Tiles” in the drop down menu on the Mahjong Sets page before you click the “Add To Cart” Paypal button. The cost of shipping by Express Mail Service from Japan has been added into the price, so there are no hidden fees.
A Note on the Design of the Black Mahjong Tiles
Taiyo Chemicals, the Japanese company that produces the combi set, makes two different types of black mahjong tiles. Both sets are available on Japanese-Games-Shop.com:
- Japanese Black Tile Mahjong Set (tile size = 25mm × 18mm × 15mm)
- Japanese Janpai Hannya Mahjong Set (tile size = 28mm ×20.5mm × 16.5mm)
The Combi Set uses the tiles from the Japanese Black Tile Mahjong Set, which are the same size as the Standard White tiles in the white-tile combi set, and also the Naniwa tiles, all of which are made by Taiyo Chemicals.
Another point is that the designs of the two black-tile sets are different. Here is a photo of the tiles from the Japanese Black Tile Mahjong Set that come with the black-tile combi set:
And here is a photo of the Janpai-Hannya set:
All of the sets mentioned here can be ordered from the Mahjong Sets page.
I have just added a Light Mahjong Mat to Japanese-Games-Shop. 🙂
The “Junk Mat” style “Light Mahjong Mat” is, as you’d expect, lighter than the standard SBR Junk Mat. It weighs just 640 grammes out of the box, whereas the standard Junk mat weighs just over a kilogramme.
What is the Light Mat made of?
It is made of similar materials to the Junk mat. The underside of the playing mat is made of SBR (styrene-butadiene rubber – see this Wikipedia article for more info) which is what a lot of modern car tyres are made of. That means it is both robust and light.
How big is the Light Mat?
Keeping the to theme of “lightweight,” the plastic walls of the Light Mat are narrower than the walls of the Junk mat. However, the walls do NOT have embedded trays for mahjong scoresticks (use the tile-storage trays of your mahjong set instead).
Because the walls are narrower, the length and width of the Light Mahjong Mat are a little shorter than those of the Junk Mat:
- Junk Mat length and width = 690 mm x 690 mm
- Light Mat length and width = 655 mm x 655 mm
Economy Shipping by SAL!
As the Light Mat is so light, it are also cheaper to ship. As the total weight of the package is under 2 kg, I can easily ship the mats worldwide by SAL (air freight) from Japan.
That means I can offer the mats for just $35, which INCLUDES worldwide shipping by air-freight! (Please allow up to 28 days for delivery after I have shipped your mat. Bear in mind that NO TRACKING is available.)
Why is there no EMS option?
If you want a mahjong mat shipped by EMS, order the standard Junk Mat instead. The light mat would need to be re-packaged in a box wide enough to take the EMS shipping form!
Click the link to check out the Light Mahjong Mat and other mahjong mats available on Japanese-Games-Shop.com.
Arrived back in Japan on Saturday 20th August after spending three weeks in the U.K.
The main purpose of my trip to the U.K. was to take my daughter to a one week drama course in Ipswich.
While she was there I disappeared to Bournemouth and took part in an afternoon open competition at the British Chess Championships. 🙂
However, I did not fare so well as before (I competed in an open chess tournament for the first time at the British Chess Championships in Torquay in 2013), winning only one out of five games this time round.
On a more positive note, I was roped into a 5-a-side football match in which our team of chess players aged over 21 managed to beat the under-21 team. Oldies rock!
Anyway, now that I’m back in Japan and have dispatched the backlog of orders, turnaround times for new orders should be back to normal.
While I was away, the Japanese PET Mahjong Set was discontinued and so is no longer available on this site.