Friday 27 February 2015

Conquering the Mountain in Kathmandu: A Mahjong Sojourn

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KATHMANDU Nepal, February 21st - When I first arrived in Kathmandu, the airport arrivals curb was busy and alive! The locals, noting a foreigner had arrived in their midst, surrounded me asking me all manner of questions as to the nature of my stay. Was I there to climb Mount Everest? Was I in need of a Sherpa guide? Did I have a ride to base camp at the foot of the mountain? Looking around at my fellow passangers, and the gear they were collecting from the terminal, there among them were backpack frames, ropes, cleated boots, and all manner of climbing paraphinalia. There was no doubt Kathmandu was the launching basin for brave expeditions to climb up the face of the tallest and most formidible mountain in the world. But I was in Kathmandu to conquer a mountain of a different sort; a mountan of tiles—Mahjong.

Scott D. Miller, MD of Mahjong News travels to Nepal to talk mahjong, learn new styles, and build new bonds in the basin city of Kathmandu, nestled in the shadows of the tallest mountain in the world.

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In the Silver Set, now the Flower Tiles are there

Janny has not found a costumer for the precious set yet, which costs, including taxes, 52,500 euros (approx. 64,880 USD). Included in the price is the unique, hand-made wooden case. When she sells the set, she will donate 2,500 euros to the Dutch Mahjong Association.

In the meantime, she has designed a complete line of silver mahjong products. Also, she sells individual tiles. 

Janny has invited a small group of friends for a once-in-a-lifetime mahjong session with the silver tiles. After  that, the set will be stored away in a special luxury box, wich is being made exclusively for the silver tiles. Just waiting for that one wealthy costumer.

Lucky tiles

Season TileJust like the ordinary tiles, the Flower and Season tiles in the set have a weight of 57 grams. For the design, Janny had herself inspired by the lucky tiles of her own mahjong set and by the set of her friend and colleague Christine Kruyze. "But I have added  little lines here and there, and also some color, like yellow and brown."

Website of Janny Adelaar
 
 

YouTube movie about the making of the Silver Tiles

 

 

 



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