Saturday, February 19, 2011

SATurday Show and Tell

This is my mah jongg set. It was originally a Chinese game, but the American version has become very popular, especially in recent years. Along with crafting, this is my other form of “therapy.” I play mah jongg once a week and right now am also teaching the game twice a week One of the best things about mah jongg is that unlike bridge, you do not have a partner, so you are no responsible for anyone else. If you mess up a hand, you are not ruining anyone else’s hand, and no one really has to know!

There are 152 tiles, consisting of 3 suits—craks, dots, and bamboos, or bams. Each suit has a matching dragon—craks have red dragons, dots have white dragons (or soaps), and bams have green dragons. There are 8 jokers and 8 flowers. The last element --the four winds—north, south, east, and west.

The object of the game is to be the first of four players (or three) to assemble a combination of 14 tiles into a specific hand. The hands are on a card that each player has in front of them. A new card is published every year by the National Mah Jongg League, so everyone is playing off of the same card for the entire year. We are all looking forward to the 2011 card coming out in April to see what the new hands will be!

That is a very, very brief introduction to the game of mah jongg. It is fun, exciting, social, and makes you think. And it is not just a game played by old ladies!  

If any of you play, we certainly could have some mah jongg chatter in the future!


  1. I haven't played MJ in years, but I'm inspired by you to get back into it. I'll keep you posted!

  2. Being a new student of this game I feel you have done an excellent job of presenting it here in your overview. Great Job !

  3. I love MJ, love playing it, and have withdrawl when I don't get to play.

    Looking foward this summer!

  4. Love, love, love MJ and play weekly too. I also play online in the online game by National MahJongg League and Sigma software. If you play look for mother goose

  5. I've recently learned Mahjong and now I'm addicted. In my area, we mostly play the Chinese (or Asian) version. We have a group of about 16 people who get together once a month and play. Some of us get together at least once a week, or whenever 4 of us can get together.


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