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.
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.
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.