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Lower division yusho awards

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Here's something I've been curious about for awhile. I'm sure it's clear if you speak Japanese, but if you don't there's no clue about why the lower division winners are each given two certificates on the last day. What's up with that?

I assume the envelopes attached to them contain prize money.

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Here's something I've been curious about for awhile. I'm sure it's clear if you speak Japanese, but if you don't there's no clue about why the lower division winners are each given two certificates on the last day. What's up with that?

Last time I looked, the members of the Tamarikai (or out-of-Tokyo equivalent) present a money prize to each of the lower division winners. The Tamarikai are the people in the ringside seats, 'tamari' -- this time distinguished by green zabuton -- and they pay a bit more than the face value of the tickets to collect the money for these 'encouragement' awards.

Orion

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Last time I looked, the members of the Tamarikai (or out-of-Tokyo equivalent) present a money prize to each of the lower division winners. The Tamarikai are the people in the ringside seats, 'tamari' -- this time distinguished by green zabuton -- and they pay a bit more than the face value of the tickets to collect the money for these 'encouragement' awards.

I wonder if it's their representative who gives their award then. It always seems to me that one of the presenters is distinctly ill at ease, as if he's not particularly used to doing it.

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Same with the Sansho winners who are also summoned twice. ("same" as "no clue")

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I wonder if it's their representative who gives their award then. It always seems to me that one of the presenters is distinctly ill at ease, as if he's not particularly used to doing it.

The presentation used to be done by a gyoji, in gyoji-style voice in some cases, but some years ago the Tamarikai and the Tozaikai started having one of their members do it, in an ordinary voice and a regular suit. I recall a correspondence about it a longish time ago, probably on the SML.

Orion

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