Takeo Kojima at the "World Riichi Championship 2014" in Puteaux (photo credit: David Clarke)

TOKYO, Japan - Yesterday evening the Japanese Professional Mahjong League (JPML) reported on Twitter mahjong legend Takeo Kojima (小島武夫) passed away on May 28th at the age of 82.

Jesper drawing a tile during an intense match at the World Mahjong Championship 2012 (photo credit: Edwin Phua)

COPENHAGEN, Denmark - Yesterday on social media the sad news broke another member of our mahjong community passed away: Danish player Jesper Willemoes Hansen.

Allan Weitz in the chutes ready for the hunt.

MONTREAL, Canada - A big mahjong "Hello" from North America. My name is Allan Weitz from Montreal, Canada. For the last twenty years my wife Lila and I have been collecting all things from the world of Mahjong. We would like to thank Scott Miller and Martin Rep for the opportunity to share our experiences with you.

Allan and Lila Weitz posing with dear friends Dee and Phil Gallo

KIRKLAND, Quebec, Canada - The traditional seasons' greetings from mahjong collector Allan Weitz has arrived! In this years edition, Allan greets us with a picture of he and his wife Lila at the annual Madison Bouckville Antique Week in New York State. "Santa was good to us this year. We include three photos of mahjong highlights. We wish you a Merry Christmas and a happy healthy New Year."

Vitalii Savickii

SAINT PETERSBURG, Russia - Russian mahjong player Vitalii Savickii from Saint Petersburg passed away at 48 from a heart attack.