Haru Special Prizes

The January winners

Sanshō 三賞, literally “three prizes” are the three special prizes awarded to top (Makuuchi) division sumo wrestlers for exceptional performance during a sumo honbasho or tournament. The prizes were first awarded in November 1947. The three prizes are:
Shukun-shō (殊勲賞), Outstanding Performance prize
Kantō-shō (敢闘賞), Fighting Spirit prize
Ginō-shō (技能賞), Technique prize


Who will get the trophies and the ¥2 million that comes with them? The prizes are voted on before the final day’s bouts take place, but some are conditional on a rikishi winning his last bout or on more exotic outcomes, such as winning the yusho. This Chris Gould video provides a rare inside look into the deliberations that took place in January:

The results of the vote for the March tournament have just been announced. And the only unconditional award is a well-deserved Outstanding Performance Prize for Ichinojo. There are quite a few conditional prizes as well: Kotoshogiku and Takakeisho could claims theirs with victories, and a prize is on the line in the Aoiyama vs. Tomokaze bout.

Shukun-sho (Outstanding Performance Award)

West Maegashira #4 Ichinojo (Altankhuyag Ichinnorov) 
Minato Beya
Date of Birth: April 7, 1993 (25 years old)
Place of Birth: Mongolia
2014 January Debut

Kanto-sho (Fighting Spirit Prize)

East Maegashira #7 Aoiyama (Daniel Ivanov)  conditionally
Kasugano Beya
Date of Birth: June 19, 1986 (32 years old)
Place of Birth: Bulgaria
2009 July Debut

Kanto-sho (Fighting Spirit Prize)

West Maegashira #8 Kotoshogiku (Kazuhiro Kikutsugi)  conditionally
Sadogatake Beya
Date of Birth: January 30, 1984 (35 years old)
Place of Birth: Fukuoka
2002 January Debut

Kanto-sho (Fighting Spirit Prize)

East Maegashira #13 Tomokaze (Yuta Minami)  conditionally
Oguruma Beya
Date of Birth: December 2, 1994 (24 years old)
Place of Birth: Kanagawa
2017 May Debut

Gino-sho (Technique Prize)

East Sekiwake Takakeisho(Takanobu Sato)  conditionally
Chiganoura Beya
Date of Birth: August 5, 1996 (22 years old)
Place of Birth: Hyogo
2014 September Debut

7 thoughts on “Haru Special Prizes

    • NHK said already yesterday, that if he wins he will be promoted and so did they today after he won. Personally I think with the win today he earned his promotion, although I’m not sure if he can warrant that in the future. I feel he plateaued a bit. Nevertheless, the worst result in last last 6 basho was one 9-6 tournament. If thats the standard he keeps as an Ozeki, In will be perfectly happy.

    • Onomatsu oyakata, the head of the shimpan department, said that this time the vote was unanimous for promoting him today. So rest assured, the Hungry Hamster is about to lift another fish.

  1. Awarding the technique prize “conditionally” seems strange to me. Unless the condition is “win today AND use a different technique”. (I know it isn’t, it’s a joke).


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