Kensho Data

I must give Herouth a big thank you for the kensho data she put up on Google Sheets. It is really fun to play with and I hope to get a chance to dive into it more often. I’ve been loving data visualizations so I obviously had to throw together a few charts. What’s the deal with kensho and the envelopes? Each envelope handed over on the dohyo contains cash — 30,000 yen or about $280 (£220 or €240). There’s also a roughly equivalent amount behind the scenes that goes toward the rikishi’s retirement and pays fees.

First, a few basics. You all would likely not be surprised to learn that Takakeisho has walked away with the most envelopes so far this tournament with 108, of 144 he’s had up for grabs. Asanoyama has let nearly half of his kensho slip through his fingers with those critical three losses. Endo is in a similar boat. Of 95 envelopes up for grabs, his opponents have walked away with just over half.

At the opposite end of the spectrum, Wakatakakage has won four of five kensho prizes that he has been eligible for, walking away with eight envelopes. Daieisho has won 13 of 21 envelopes available and Tamawashi has collected 11 of 50, so far. The two visualizations hopefully pack this information into a readily consumable and comparable format for you. Terutsuyoshi, for example, is a big, red square in the top chart as he’s had 76 envelopes up for grabs but only walked away with four. This is all based on data through Day 8. The picture above is a static image with a link to where I’ve put it but the visualization below should be dynamic.

One thought on “Kensho Data

  1. How far down are kensho amounts from pre-pandemic, full arena sumo? It does feel like there’s more at this tournament than the last one, but that’s only an eyeball guess. And I’m assuming still a long way off whatever the peak in recent years was.


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