Hello everyone, Benjamin here. I’m Roy’s old friend from summer camp who researches gambling in Japan. I haven’t been posting much but once the program I’m in ends next week I hope to start contributing.
I’m putting up a quick post now because I’m on the cover of Metropolis, Japan’s largest English magazine. Or rather, the article I wrote about mahjong is, but that’s still pretty neat, right? If you live in the Tokyo area, you can pick up Metropolis whereever there are large quanitities of gaijin. If you don’t live in Tokyo, here’s an online version.
I’d also like to take the opportunity to (shamelessly) plug a few lectures I’ll be giving in the Tokyo area this month.
Mahjong and the Law (Japanese)
June 3rd 4:45pm
Queen’s Square Yokohama, Queen’s Mall 3F Minato Mirai Gallery Presentation Room
(accessible from Minatomirai and Sakuragicho stations)
Free, open to the public
The Tiles that Bind: How Mahjong became the most popular table game in Japan
June 7 2pm-4pm
Marchao Mahjong Parlor, West Exit, Shinjuku
1500 yen, includes use of the parlor until 10pm. This is a great way to start playing!
RSVP to benkun [at] gmail [dot] com, attendance limited
If you’re interested in any further info, contact me at the address above.