Japanese Mahjong Set includes 144 tiles, scoring sticks, dealer marker, yakitori markers, and dice.
Japanese mahjong sets will include the tiles needed to play most forms of Asian mahjong but lack the joker tiles needed to play American mahjong. Included are also red five tiles (akapai, akago), which are specific to Japanese mahjong. Tiles will not be numbered. Also the White Dragon tile (haku) is completely blank.
|1 Ii||2 Ryan||3 San||4 Suu||5 Uu||6 Ryuu||7 Chii||8 Paa||9 Chuuu|
Flower and season tiles are not used.
Red Tiles (akapai, akago)
If this variation is played, a one five from each suite is replaced with a red five before playing. Upon winning a player earns an extra han for each red five in his/her hand.
Scoring Sticks (tenbo)
Like chips, are used to keep score. Sticks have different number of spots which correspond to different denominations. Japanese sets contain at least 68 sticks.
|4||10,000||5 red, 2 black|
In Japanese mahjong only two rounds are played (East and South). The dealer marker is a rectangular piece of plastic with one side displaying East (東) and the other South (南). I When the East round is completed the marker is flipped around to indicate the new round. The dealer marker is placed to the left-hand side of the current dealer.
Yakitori (焼鳥) is literally a roasted chicken. In mahjong, playing with the Yakitori rule is adding an additional penalty for any player who has not been able to win. Each player begins with a yakitori tessera, marker, or counter and removes it from play after they have won a hand. The loser in this case is a roasted bird or sparrow. This is a variation used in Japanese and Korean mahjong.
Dice are used to determine seating and wall breaking. Typical sets come with two to three dice. Any type of six-sided dice would suffice. However, mahjong dice are noticeably smaller than normal board game dice, with number one and four colored red and rounded corners.