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Arrived back in Japan on Saturday 20th August after spending three weeks in the U.K.

bcc2016The 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.

DH

 

I am away on holiday from Thursday 28th July until Saturday 20th August so I will be unable to process any orders until 21st August 2016.

You may still order mahjong sets, hanafuda decks and so on, but please allow for considerable delays as nothing will be shipped until 22nd August at the EARLIEST.

Here’s wishing you all a great summer.

Cheers!

DH

Here is the message from the Japanese we have been waiting for:

Lifting of Suspension on Shipment of International Postal Items to Belgium

April 22, 2016

Due to the influence of the terrorist attacks in the Belgian capital, Brussels, on 22nd March 2016, we suspended the shipment of international items there. However, we now announce that we are lifting the measure as of today.

This is because flights from Japan to Belgium have steadily been resumed since the beginning of April, and we received a notice dated April 19 from Belgium Post that mail operations are returning to normal there.

For the time being, mail delivery in Belgium may take longer than usual because of the concentrated arrival of mail volumes from other countries. Your understanding of this situation is greatly appreciated.

We apologize for any inconvenience caused to our customers and request your understanding and cooperation in this matter.

Click Here for the original post on the Japanese Post Office website.

In short, I can again accept orders from Belgium and ship by SAL or EMS as usual.

DH

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Japanese Napoleon Hanafuda Playing Card Deck— $29.77 (Save 19%!)
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Love Letter is a beautifully intriguing and yet fast and easy card game for 2 to 4 players that uses just 16 cards... By "easy" I mean, it is easy to play once you have tried it a couple of times... You will still need to use your powers of deduction and memory (as well as a little luck) to win... Love Letter was released in 2012 in Japan by Japanese game designer Seiji Kanai. WIN THE HAND OF A JAPANESE PRINCESS... You are playing for the hand of a Japanese Princess who has just come of age... Unfortunately, gaining access to her is not so easy as she is confined to the palace, and you must communicate by letter and rely on go-betweens to deliver them for you... You must also prevent your rivals (the other players) from delivering their letters, and try to avoid their attempts to stop your letter from being delivered. To do that, you will use the services of court guards, samurai, advisers and others to win the heart of the Princess... Each time your letter is successfully delivered you will receive a token of affection from the Princess... The player with the most tokens wins the game - and the hand of the Princess! Gameplay: Shuffle the deck of 16 cards. Remove one card from play. Each player draws a card. The first player draws a second card and then plays one of his or her cards and performs the action the card allows, and so on, player by player until (1) only one player remains in the round or (2) all the cards have been drawn, in which case, the remaining players compare their cards and the player with the highest card wins a token of affection from the Princess! NOTE: The cards in this deck and the instructions are all in JAPANESE! This set is for Love Letter players who want to use the original Japanese language deck. This deck also contains extra cards that allow you to add more characters to the set. There are also different versions of the cards included, so you can play using cards with Japanese text on them, OR once you know what all the cards allow you to do, you can play with TEXT FREE cards (pictures only)...
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