Aki Special Prizes

July’s 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

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Who will claim the trophies and the ¥2 million that comes with each one? The prizes are voted on before the final day’s bouts take place, but some are awarded conditionally. Usually, the condition is that the rikishi must win his last bout, but sometimes it can be something else, such as winning the yusho.

The September prizes have just been announced. Mitakeumi will get an outstanding performance award and a fighting spirit prize, both conditionally (it’s not clear if the condition is getting into a playoff or taking the yusho). Asanoyama will receive an unconditional outstanding performance award, while Okinoumi will also get one conditionally (again, I’m not sure if the condition is getting into a playoff or taking the yusho). Okinoumi will also receive an unconditional fighting spirit prize, and, as expected, so will Tsurugisho for posting double-digit wins in his top-division debut. It looks like no one was deemed worthy of a technique prize. The full list is below:

Shukun-sho(Outstanding Performance Award)

East Sekiwake Mitakeumi(Hisashi Omichi)  conditionally
(11-3)
Dewanoumi Beya
Date of Birth: December 25, 1992 (26 years old)
Place of Birth: Nagano
2015 March Debut

Shukun-sho(Outstanding Performance Award)

West Maegashira #2 Asanoyama(Hiroki Ishibashi)  
(10-4)
Takasago Beya
Date of Birth: March 1, 1994 (25 years old)
Place of Birth: Toyama
2016 March Debut

Shukun-sho(Outstanding Performance Award)

East Maegashira #8 Okinoumi(Ayumi Fukuoka)  conditionally
(11-3)
Hakkaku Beya
Date of Birth: July 29, 1985 (34 years old)
Place of Birth: Shimane
2005 January Debut

Kanto-sho(Fighting Spirit Prize)

East Sekiwake Mitakeumi(Hisashi Omichi)  conditionally
(11-3)
Dewanoumi Beya
Date of Birth: December 25, 1992 (26 years old)
Place of Birth: Nagano
2015 March Debut

Kanto-sho(Fighting Spirit Prize)

East Maegashira #8 Okinoumi(Ayumi Fukuoka)  
(11-3)
Hakkaku Beya
Date of Birth: July 29, 1985 (34 years old)
Place of Birth: Shimane
2005 January Debut

Kanto-sho(Fighting Spirit Prize)

East Maegashira #14 Tsurugisho(Kentaro Abiko)  
(10-4)
Oitekaze Beya
Date of Birth: July 27, 1991 (28 years old)
Place of Birth: Tokyo
2014 January Debut

10 thoughts on “Aki Special Prizes

  1. Mitakeumi gets the outstanding performance if he wins the yusho, and the fighting spirit if he loses it.

    Okinoumi gets the outstanding performance if he wins the yusho.

      • I think they do hold former Ozeki to a higher standard though, hence no prize for Takakeisho. I seem to recall Kotoshogiku also being set a really high conditional bar to get a prize recently

        • Sounds like more bs to me. 12 wins, jun yusho on playoffs, not to mention the shameful henka he suffered. Not the first time they bs Takakeisho though.

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