Is Mahjong (麻雀, まーじゃん, Mahjong) a Common Game?
Mahjong is a table game that originated in China. Generally four people play against each other, but there are many cases where the game only includes three players, especially in the Kansai area. Japanese people learn Mahjong when they are high school or university students. However, only about 30% of students can play Mahjong nowadays.
Although the law prohibits gambling during mahjong, the game often involves a small amount of money for betting. In the rate called “Ten Ichi” (1,000 ten = 10 yen), you pay only about 3,000 yen no matter how badly you lose after playing 3-4 hours. Similarly, in the rate called “Ten Pin” (1,000 ten = 100 yen), you pay only about 30,000 yen regardless of your performance. Students usually play at a “Ten Ichi” rate, and people use a “Ten Pin” rate in business circumstances.
There is also a rate called “Deka Pin” (1,000 ten = 1,000 yen), although this is rarely used in the real world. In this rate, the maximum amount you would pay is about 300,000 yen, even if you terribly lose after playing 3-4 hours. This is something that happens within a manga world like “Akagi: Yami ni Oritatta Tensai.”
This image from “Charlotte” is the scene where Yuu took a good title. However, he had already made mistakes from the beginning. Although he discarded “南” (Nan, South) and “北” (Pe, North), he should have discarded “白” (Haku, White) and had “北”. Because “北” is more secure when discarding it in this situation. This is a basic tactic in Mahjong, and it is no doubt that he is a bad player.