Kyushu Special Prizes

Special prize deliberations and voting

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 each one? 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.

The November prizes have just been announced:

Kanto-sho (Fighting Spirit Prize)

West Maegashira #2 Takanosho  conditionally

Kanto-sho (Fighting Spirit Prize)

West Maegashira #15 Abi  

Gino-sho (Technique Prize)

East Maegashira #7 Ura  

8 thoughts on “Kyushu Special Prizes

  1. I was a little surprised that Abi didn’t get an outstanding performance but then I figured he should be fighting in sanyaku or in the joi, anyway, and the low rank is the reason for the great performance.

    • My understanding is that the OP prize usually goes to a wrestler who gets a kinboshi or beats the winner of the basho, When there’s only one yokozuna and he is 14-0 going into the last day the prize is less likely to be awarded.

      I don’t want to summon by inner Grinch but I would not have given the T prize to Ura. If there was a prize for entertainment value I would give it to him without hesitation. I just think that a lot of his winning moves don’t owe much to what I might call “classic” sumo technique. It’s like giving a chess technique prize to a player who wins a match with an h4 opening.

      • They list 82 official kimarite after all. I don’t see why “classic” has to mean the same few all the time. Maybe many people feel “chest to chest” is the real sumo, but I think awarding a technique prize to someone who can successfully execute a wide variety from the official repertoire is highly fitting.


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