Takeo Kojima Monument Project

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Takeo Kojima Monument Project

Takeo Kojima Monument Project

Takeo Kojima Monument Project

On May 28th, 2018, the first Professional Mahjong player, Takeo Kojima passed away. He was loved by many Mahjong lovers throughout Japan and was involved in the Mahjong Shin-Sen-Gumi and Japan Professional Mahjong League and was known for his “Showcasing of Mahjong”.


Takeo Kojima Pro was a great Jan-Shi (Mahjong Player) who was loved by all organizations within the industry and Mahjong fans.
The Japan Professional Mahjong League and the executive committee thought that it was suiting for a mound to be made at a symbolic location for Takeo Kojima as he was loved so much by everyone.

Tetsuya Asada, who was like a brother to him during the Mahjong Shin-Sen-Gumi era, has a monument built in Fushimi Inari Mountain.
We will be building a monument for Takeo Kojima Sensei next to it.

Specifications on the monument

Specifications on the monument

Crowd Funding

We want to spread the word to as many people as possible as we build the monument for Takeo Kojima. To make this happen, we will be having a crowd funding event as well as a Mahjong tournament and other events.

Crowd funding for this project will be done through an “All-In” method.
If we don’t make the targeted amount, we will still proceed with the project and the Return will still be delivered as promised.

>Crowd Funding Details (Japanese)  
>Contact Office (Japanese)  

Use of the Funds

Amount needed for materials and building the monument: Approximately 7,400,000 Yen (66000 USD)
・Monument Stone x1 455,000 Yen (4068 USD)
・Monument Base x1 2,850,000 Yen (25480 USD)
・Monument Fence x1  250,000 Yen (2236 USD)
・Monument Statue x1 300,000 Yen (2685 USD)
・Monument Candle Stand x1 280,000 Yen (2504 USD)
・Monument Offering Table x1 180,000 Yen (1609 USD)
・Delivery Fee x1 400,000 Yen (3577 USD)
・Basic Installation Fee x1 500,000 Yen (4471 USD)
・Monument Installation Fee  x1 600,000 Yen (5366 USD)
・Misc Expenses x1 600,000 Yen (5366 USD)

Mahjong Tournament Expenses Approximately 1,555,000 Yen (13905 USD)
◇Tournament Operation Cost ※Agency Comission
<Osaka Tournament Breakdown>
・Venue Cost 350,000 Yen (3130 USD)
・Travel Expenses 350,000 Yen (3130 USD)
・Labor/Operation/Facility Fee 150,000 Yen (1341 USD)

<Tokyo Tournament Breakdown>
・Venue Cos 400,000 Yen (3577 USD)
・Labor/Operation/Facility Fee 300,000 Yen (2685 USD)

Kojima Pro Poster Magazine Printing Cost Approximately 1,000,000 Yen (8944 USD)
*Will depend on final printing amount

Ritual Cost (Name will be confirmed with someone who specializes in Rituals) 200,000 Yen (1788 USD)

CAMPFIRE Posting/Transaction Fee Approximately 1,500,000 Yen (13416 USD)

Specialized Magazine/Website Advertisement Fee and Flyer Creation Approximately 300,000 Yen (2685 USD)

Monument Maintenance and Location Fee (1 Year) 240,000 Yen (2148 USD)

>Crowd Funding Details (Japanese)
>Contact Office (Japanese)

Regarding the Returns

For those who are interested in helping the Monument Project, a Return that is based on the amount provided will be distributed.

A Plan:Pledge Amount 5,000 Yen (45 USD)

・Kojima Pro Poster Magazine 

Monthly Takeo Kojima Poster Magazine

Monthly Takeo Kojima Poster Magazine

記念碑建立に際して、小島プロの一生をつづった小冊子を、当リターンでしか手に入らない非売品として発行します。
小冊子を広げると裏側は在りし日の小島プロのサイン入りポスター(サインは直筆をデータ化し印刷したもの)になるという「ポスターマガジン」と呼ばれるものです。

>Details About this Return (Japanese) 

B Plan:Pledge Amount 10,000 Yen (90 USD)

・Mahjong Tile Charm from the last Mahjong set that Takeo Kojima Used + Kojima Pro Poster Magazine 

Mahjong Tile Charm  * Picture is a concept image and not the final product.

Mahjong Tile Charm *Picture is a concept image and not the final product.

Monthly Takeo Kojima Poster Magazine

Monthly Takeo Kojima Poster Magazine

Before he passed away, we kept a total of 4 sets of Mahjong tiles(136×4)that was used in the last Japan Professional Mahjong League’s official games(34th 10 Dan-Sen)and the tiles used with guests at Japan Professional Mahjong League’s Main Dojo in Sugamo.
Each individual tile is currently kept in a small cloth pouch. We will send you one of the tiles.
Limited Amount: 426 tiles

>Details About this Return (Japanese) 

C Plan:Pledge Amount 10,000円

・Monument Ritual Line Pass

Ritual Line Pass

Ritual Line Pass

We will send you a Ritual Line Pass for the cornerstone laying of Takeo Kojima’s Monument that will be held on June 2nd at 10:00 am.
Many Mahjong Professionals will be participating. ※Attending Professionals will be announced when finalized
Limited Amount:40 People

>Details About this Return (Japanese) 

D・E Plan:Pledge Amount 40,000円

・Takeo Kojima Memorial Mahjong Tournament Entry Ticket
  +Mahjong Tile Charm from the last Mahjong set that Takeo Kojima Used
  + Kojima Pro Poster Magazine 

Tournament Entry Ticket

Tournament Entry Ticket

Mahjong Tile Charm  * Picture is a concept image and not the final product.

Mahjong Tile Charm *Picture is a concept image and not the final product.

Monthly Takeo Kojima Poster Magazine

Monthly Takeo Kojima Poster Magazine

【Date】June 2nd, 2019(Osaka大阪・D Plan)・June 8th, 2019(Tokyo・E Plan)
【Location】Within Osaka City・Tokyo Shin Jansou
【Currently Scheduled Professionals】

■ June 2nd Osaka

From Top Left to Right Honorary President Asataro Nada, President Shigekazu Moriyama, Kazunori Takizawa Pro, Hisato Sasaki Pro, Aki Nikaido Pro, Rumi Nikaido Pro, Saki Kurosawa Pro

From Top Left to Right
Honorary President Asataro Nada, President Shigekazu Moriyama, Kazunori Takizawa Pro, Hisato Sasaki Pro, Aki Nikaido Pro, Rumi Nikaido Pro, Saki Kurosawa Pro

>Details About this Return (Japanese) 

■ June 8th Tokyo Shin Jansou

From Top Left to Right Honorary President Asataro Nada, President Shigekazu Moriyama, Vice President Masayoshi Ara, Vice President Yuuko Ito, Yudai Maehara Pro, Naoki Setokuma Pro, Yu Kojima Pro, Other Players will be announced after May 20th

From Top Left to Right
Honorary President Asataro Nada, President Shigekazu Moriyama, Vice President Masayoshi Ara, Vice President Yuuko Ito, Yudai Maehara Pro, Naoki Setokuma Pro, Yu Kojima Pro, Other Players will be announced after May 20th

※Aside from the listed players, 3 Famous Female Professionals will be added. Other players will be decided based off of the 10 Dan-Sen results(Scheduled to be determined on May 20th) 

>Details About this Return (Japanese) 

※Which Professional player you will be able to play against will determine on a raffle of the day of the tournament, but will be guaranteed to play a minimum of 1 game against one of the professionals.
We will also provide a Mahjong Tile Charm from the last Mahjong set that Takeo Kojima Used and the Kojima Pro Poster Magazine that is included in the B course.

【Update on April 22nd】
Winners of the Osaka and Tokyo tournament will be invited as a seeded player to the “Takeo Kojima Cup Tea-Ou-Sen” on July 20th.
>Details on the Takeo Kojima Tei-Ou-Sen (Held by Japan Professional Mahjong League)
We will also give a autographed board of all the participating guests with the event logo and date as a participation prize.

F Plan:Pledge Amount 10,000 Yen Up to Desired Amount

・Kojima Pro Poster Magazine 

Monthly Takeo Kojima Poster Magazine

Monthly Takeo Kojima Poster Magazine

If you want to help out with the project without any Returns, please contact the Office for more details.
(※This will not be accepted through the crowd funding website. Please contact us directly to our Office.)

>Crowd Funding Details (Japanese) 
>Contact Office (Japanese) 

Schedule

From Top to Bottom, Left to Right Crowd Funding -> Starts from April. Takeo Kojima Mahjong Tournament held on June 2nd and 8th. Return Shipping -> Starts Mid July for Tile Charm. Poster Magazine will be shipped upon availability. Announcement of Each Event -> Monthly Regional Events in May. Regional Prelims in June. High Dan Event in July. International Cultural Event in September. Nen-Lympics in October. All Japan Event in December. Announcements for all Events will be held from May to March of 2020. Cornerstone laying of Takeo Kojima’s Monument will be held on June 2nd. Offering Ceremony will be held on May 28th 2020.

From Top to Bottom, Left to Right
Crowd Funding -> Starts from April. Takeo Kojima Mahjong Tournament held on June 2nd and 8th.
Return Shipping -> Starts Mid July for Tile Charm. Poster Magazine will be shipped upon availability.
Announcement of Each Event -> Monthly Regional Events in May. Regional Prelims in June. High Dan Event in July. International Cultural Event in September. Nen-Lympics in October. All Japan Event in December.
Announcements for all Events will be held from May to March of 2020.
Cornerstone laying of Takeo Kojima’s Monument will be held on June 2nd.
Offering Ceremony will be held on May 28th 2020.

April and May 2019 - Crowd Funding Period. ※Possibility of ending sooner than scheduled.
May 2019 - Announcements of regional Mahjong events will begin.
June 2nd 2019 at 10AM - Conerstone laying event at Fushimi Inari Mountain.
June 2nd 2019 at 1PM - Mahjong Tournament in Osaka City.
June 8th 2019 at 1PM - Mahjong Tournament in Tokyo City.
May 8th 2020 - Monument Offering Ceremony ※Possibility of date change due to holiday schedules

>Contact Office (Japanese) 

Project Executive Committee

【Executive Committee Chairman】
Shigekazu Moriyama
Japan Professional Mahjong League President

【Executive Committee Vice Chairman】
Asataro Nada
Japan Professional Mahjong League Honorary President

Keizo Tanabe (※Currently Confirming)
General Corporate Japan Kenko-Mahjong Association President

Tadashi Saito
National Mahjong Business Association Alliance Chief Director

Tsuguo Yamagishi
General Corporate National Mahjong Ranking Examination Committee Chief Director

Kenichiro Hirano  (※Currently Confirming)
Japan Mahjong League Chief Director

Hiroaki Kinoshita
National Mahjong Business Association Alliance Counsellor

【Secretary】
Masao Kuroki
Japan Professional Mahjong League Director of Secretary

Shigeyori Kusuda
National Mahjong Ranking Examination Committee Vice Chairman

【Executive Committee】
Yuuko Ito
Japan Professional Mahjong League Vice President

Masayoshi Ara
Japan Professional Mahjong League Vice President

Chitoku Tajima
General Corporate Japan Kenko-Mahjong Association Chief Director

Midori Ooike (※Currently Confirming)
Japan Mahjong League Vice Chief Director

Tsuneyuki Takahashi
Tokyo Mahjong Industry Society Chief Director

Terunobu Takagi
National Mahjong Ranking Examination Committee Chairman

Masatsugu Mochizuki
Japan Professional Mahjong League Director
National Mahjong Ranking Examination Committee Vice Chairman

Ishibana Shinjiro
Osaka Mahjong Association Chief Director

Kei Konaki (※Currently Confirming)
Zen Jan Ren Kyoto Branch Fushimi Area

Final Words

From Japan Professional Mahjong League Yu Kojima Pro

My grandfather, Takeo Kojima, passed away on May 28th of last year, and right before the one year mark, a very big news came by.
I was told that there is a project in the making to build a monument for my grandfather at the Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto.
An Executive Committee has already been formed, and the official announcement is set for the beginning of April as the preparation has been ongoing.

The plan is to gather everyone’s donation through crowd funding and build the monument as well as hosting a memorial Mahjong tournament.
Further deatils will come as the crodwd funding information finalizes, but a toal of 9 professionals including Asataro Nada, Kazushige Moriyama, Masayoshi Ara, Yuuko Ito, Yudai Maehara, Kazunori Takizawa, Hisato Sasaki, Rumi Nikaido, and Aki Nikaido, who all had a deep relationship with my grandfather has cooperated with the idea. I will also be participating in the 10 guest Mahjong Tournament that is scheduled to be held in Osaka.

Also planned as Returns, are Mahjong tiles used in my grandfather’s final official match at the Natsumezaka Studio, Mahjong tiles in a small pouch that were used by him at the Sugamo Dojo as a lucky charm, as well as a poster magazine with plenty of photos of him in his days that can’t be obtained anywhere else are planned.

The Mahjong tiles are from the auto tables which has 2 sets, so the total will be limited to 544 tiles. We won’t be able to tell what tiles are sent out as they are in a small pouch already, but I am sure that my grandfather will be happy to see everyone holding on to them as a good luck charm.