I received this letter in the post today:
Dear Sir / Madam,
I hope this letter finds you well.
We will hold the “2004 Japan Championship in Mahjong” in Osaka on Oct. 31.
Since the pamphlet was done, I send you it.
I was quite touched that they had taken the trouble to write to me personally (my real name is actually ‘Sir/Madam’). However, the letter was written on 28th October, and I received it on 2nd November: a clear 3 days after the championship had begun. Close… but no Pung Mahjong! Next year, perhaps?