Thursday, November 9, 2023

Poll Result: Patrons' Choice Topic for November 2023

Every month Phantom River Stone holds a poll among our patrons to choose a topic for the blog in the coming month. After tallying the votes (including accumulated votes from previous months), the winning topic that has been voted this time is:

"Inspiration or historical basis of the Chawan Sign in Shenmue"

In Shenmue II, Ryo learns that arranging teacups in a certain pattern in a public place is a secret method to discreetly communicate with allies. This is known as the "Chawan Sign" (chawan means teacup in Japanese).

Arranging four teacups

However he is warned that placing them at the wrong location, or carelessly arranging them in the wrong pattern, can result in unwanted attention...

Trying at the wrong location may attract trouble

But was the Chawan Sign something that Yu Suzuki and team created purely for Shenmue, or did it have some kind of historical basis?

In this upcoming topic, we will try to answer this question by looking at a possible source of inspiration.

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