On the Japanese gaming consoles there are hundres of games about Majiang (or Mahjong, 麻雀, 麻将, マージャン, according where it’s played). The game it’s totally different to the “Mahjong” we know in the west, that “puzzle/find couples”, but it’s some kind of poker, I never understood the rules.
I always wanted to play this game, but I was unable to learn the rules, so I asked to a Japanese friend to play to Mahjong Fight Club DS – Wi Fi Taiou for Nintendo DS ed I recorded the gameplay:
Unfortunately, I didn’t record mic input, it would have been much more interesting…
A 7 days Japan Rail Pass costs 29110 yen (about 240 euro, depending on the exchange rate). It may seem expensive: is it worthwhile?
It all depends on our travel plans: if we’ll just visit the outskirts of Tokyo, it is a waste of money, even going to Yokohama, Kamakura, Saitama, we’ll never would spend this amount.
But, if we plan to visit also Osaka, we can see on Hyperdia that the pass is cheaper than a return ticket!
Obviously, there are cheaper ways to go to Osaka, for example, a night bus costs about 8000 yen, and even a plane ticket Haneda => Itami costs much less. Or you can try to take the train without reservation saving fifty euro each way.
But the Shinkansen is much more comfortable for many ways: in 3 hours you arrive, without bother to check-in, book months in advance, depart at odd hours, transfer to airports, overweight luggages, etc …
With the JR Pass you can take all trains except the Nozomi (the fastest Shinkansen), berths, and private companies trains (eg: the Seibu-Shinjuku line, Seibu-Ikebukuro, Keio, subway, etc.), so you can save even with a simple, one week trip like this:
Narita Express from Narita Airport to Tokyo (2630 yen)
Transfers on the Yamanote line to visit Shinjuku, Shibuya (200 yen for each trip)
Hikari for Osaka (14140 yen)
Train for Kyoto (560 yen)
Return to Tokyo (560+14140)
Narita Express for the airport (2630 yen)
Total: 35000 yen => a 55 euro savings!
It all depends by what do you want to see during the trip.
Finally, after waiting for months, Super Mario Run is available on Android too! (A totally inexplicable delay – being programmed with Unity, compiling a version for Android it is a matter of a few hours!!!)
I go now to install it! Play Store can’t find it. Strange. I search it from my computer, and I got his:
What does it mean that the app is not compatible with any of my devices???
I have an horrible feeling… maybe they got the same brilliant idea of Pokémon GO and then block the app on rooted phones? The game doesn’t really have online multiplayer, just racing against “ghosts”, and everyone could potentionally cheat via a MITM attack or a cracked APK.
Ok, maybe it’s just a simple check before the installation, just download the APK from some other shady store and it will work, right?
No, as soon it can see that your phone is tampered, it exits immediately!
Among all atomic test films released these days (here the YouTube playlist) you can see the devastating power of nuclear bombs. It looks like a Genkidama (energy sphere? soul sphere? How did you translate that in English?) DragonBall that hits the ground destroying everything ..
As a secondary phone I use a Redmi 3S. Recently I noticed that the proximity sensor wasn’t working anymore: when I called someone the screen wouldn’t turn off, and I was activating the device with my face, disabling the mic, placing the call on hold, opening apps, and so on…
To solve this problem I had to:
Turn off the phone
Turning it on while pressing the “volume up” key
On the engineering screen, press 中文 (chinese language), to have the menus in english. (Yes, it’s not intuitive, you have to press on 中文 for english and press on english to have chinese…)
Now choose “single test” and then “proximity sensor”
Keep the phone upright and with the proximity sensor not blocked and press “Calibration”
Tap on “pass”, go back and tap on “power off”.
Restart the phone
Now we can see that the sensor it’s working, either by calling the *#*#64663#*#* (a secret app for testing will appear) or by placing a phone call ✌