Comments on: Can mah-jongg and pachinko parlors clean up their acts? Taking the pulse of trends, trend-watchers and trendmakers in Japan. Thu, 07 Nov 2013 08:29:40 +0000 hourly 1 By: Darren King Wed, 16 Feb 2011 21:28:45 +0000 Not at all, smokers kept Mahjong going for decades BEFORE online gaming, anime and manga all helped to make mahjong “cool” again. I’d also rather play in a dingy, smoky place as that is the classic Mahjong atmosphere and there would probably also be better players at a place like that. I’d want alcohol while I played…to ease the pain of walking into obvious Mahjong traps (I’m not that good)! Mahjong parlors that completely distance themselves from Mahjong’s rich history and try and make clean, sterile environments just aren’t that interesting.