Asia is a continent with a long list of unique traditional games and sports that have been around for thousands of years. Mahjong is one of these that moved south from China and has been adopted by the people of Singapore to such an extent that it has become a tradition.
Mahjong & More is the room fragrance by Singapore Memories that conjures the aromas of the Mahjong table and the various things happening around it as the excitement of the game heightens. Players are making decisions, love stories evolve as people find their partners in life and unfortunately, sometimes hearts are broken. The scent of the room fragrance is reminiscent of the elegant wood of the table and the amber of the tiles.
A short history of Mahjong
Mahjong is the tile game that originated in China and its name loosely translates as “sparrow” and the shuffling of its tiles are referred to as the “twittering of the sparrows”. It is believed that the game has been played for more than 2500 years, but the oldest historical record of it dates back to the 19th century in the areas near Shanghai. Even though the game has an element of luck to it, it is a game of skills and tactics, requiring players to make decisions based on their memory and observations.
The games of Asia
Traditional games from Asia include Chess, Shuttlecock, Menko, Mabruk, Mancala, Nyout, Karuta, and Gomoku.
Chess most probably originated in India in the 6th century AD and it spread to Persia, where the conquering Arabs spread it to the Middle East. It is now extremely popular worldwide.
Shuttlecock or Ti Jian Zhi is a kicking game that spread to Southeast Asia from China, where it has been played since the 5th Century BC.
Menko is the Japanese card game that has been popular in Asia for over 300 years and the game can be played by all age groups.
Mancala is one of the oldest games that are still played today. The game is thought to have originated in Ancient Egypt and is played by two players who try to capture all their opponents’ pieces, which are placed on a board.
Karuta is a Japanese card game and many people play the game competitively. Cards were introduced in Japan by the Portuguese in the mid-16th century and they created various games from them, some which have been played since ancient times with sea-shells.
Gomoku is an old Japanese board game that is popular in Asia and it name literally translates to “five pieces”.
Asia is the continent of hundreds of inspiring games, sports, and martial arts that have inspired people worldwide. These are the inspiration behind the gift wrap that we present for the room fragrance Mahjong & More.