The Season tiles illustration is thought to depict the Four Arts of the Chinese Scholar:
1Zither (a stringed instrument)
2 Board Game (Go / Weiqi)
A more typical variation is:
There are 4 Red Dragons, 4 Green Dragons and 4 White Dragons. White Dragons are
traditionally denoted by a blank tile and sometimes by a rectangle. All Dragons
are Honour tiles.
There are 4 East Winds, 4 West Winds, 4 North Winds and 4 South Winds. East Wind
has special significance.
Winds are sequenced as follows: 1 East, 2 South, 3 West, 4 North. By this sequence,
East and West are the opposite of our world view. All Winds are Honour tiles.
Flowers and Seasons
There are 4 Flower tiles and 4 Season tiles, numbered 1 to 4. This number associates
the tile with the wind of the same number. The depiction of flowers and seasons
varies between sets. Note that in the Flower tiles shown below, Bamboo and Chrysanthemum
are not in the normal order.
2 Orchid (Lily)
3 Bamboo (normally 4)
4 Chrysanthemum (normally 3)
Some sets also have 4 joker tiles. These are “wild” and are used to replace the
2 of Bamboos in a special form of the game called the “goulash”.
Most sets have 4 spare plain tiles of use when a tile is lost.