"Wuhhh... I think so, Brain, but if a ham can operate a radio, why can't a pig set a VCR?"
Well, I played this game with a friend and since decided that although I enjoyed it, I couldn't justify the cost at the time. I decided to take things in to my own hands with craft materials I had laying around the house.
Soon (later tonight probably), I will finish the work on my home made Oshi game (both board and pieces). It has an even MORE abstract look than the original game (chinese theme is removed). I have been thinking about posting pics of the completed project.