Episode 14 of Key Frames: Inbetweens, a mini-podcast about anime. As Von Clausewitz said, mahjong is the continuation of politics by other means. Join Jeff and Jon as Andy schools them on the centuries-old game of tiles and hands, learning a little bit about right-wing Japanese politics and Olympic skeet-shooting along the way. Is The Legend of Koizumi funny in spite of its extremely niche appeal? Is it funny because of it? Listen and find out!
The Legend of Koizumi (0:43)
What is mahjong?
Who is Junichiro Koizumi?
Who is Yukio Hatoyama?
Who is Miyuki Hatoyama?
The many controversies surrounding the Yasukuni Shrine
Who is Taro Aso?
Aso really did tie for 41st in mixed skeet at the 1976 Olympics
Japan's uncomfortable history of denying the Nanjing Massacre
They're not great on the topic of "comfort women," either
Scoring rules for the Japanese mahjong, also called riichi mahjong
A video of old men playing Hong Kong mahjong
Bush falls off a Segway scooter
Passing names from father to son is an old tradition that's dying out now
Who is Taizo Sugimura?
Play mahjong online with Tenhou