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Speaking of food prizes, I think we need to follow Reddit's example and set up the Guess the Macaron Colour or Guess the Food Prize for the November tournament. (Laughing...)  

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4 hours ago, pricklypomegranate said:

Speaking of food prizes, I think we need to follow Reddit's example and set up the Guess the Macaron Colour 

@Benihana has been doing this since Kyushu 2017. Don't know when Reddit started theirs.

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That's in keeping with the 'shisei ikkan' motto which is to reach for honesty always.

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3 hours ago, Sakura said:

@Benihana has been doing this since Kyushu 2017. Don't know when Reddit started theirs.

I think NHK should televise the excruciatingly long yushoceremony, including the award of the giant fake macaron. If for no other reason than I like knowing Pierre Herme is still out there in the civilized world, doing business.

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13 hours ago, Shinobi Steve said:

What makes "ten no tsubu" rice so special? I did some googling and understand it's from Fukushima prefecture. Is there more to it than that though? Is it a different variety of rice with some sort of specific flavor? Does it have extra calories to enable the guys to pack on weight? Or is it all just marketing?

 

13 hours ago, Akinomaki said:

No

Not even glow in the dark?

You have to admire the japanese. Nobody would advertise food with the brand Tchernobyl. Even if there isn't even a trace of radiaton left, it's a no-no. The japanese on the other hand...

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6 hours ago, Kaminariyuki said:

I think NHK should televise the excruciatingly long yushoceremony, including the award of the giant fake macaron. If for no other reason than I like knowing Pierre Herme is still out there in the civilized world, doing business.

They MUST show their 6pm news whenever the macaron is appeared or not. But we can watch whole post tournament presentation (trophies, macaron, sanbon jime) on Abema’s coverage ;-)

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12 hours ago, Sakura said:

@Benihana has been doing this since Kyushu 2017. Don't know when Reddit started theirs.

Sorry, came to the forum recently and didn't really notice the macaron or food poll. But have to say, after research, where's the fun if the macaron is always green, pink (and the rare gold)? 

Also I wanted to ask - the giant macaron is just a plush toy or fake right? It's not real? And what exactly is the prize? Like a box of macarons? 

What is the weirdest food gift you have seen presented? The tower of mushrooms Tochinoshin had has got to be weirdest in my opinion. 

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On 15/10/2020 at 06:52, pricklypomegranate said:

Sorry, came to the forum recently and didn't really notice the macaron or food poll. But have to say, after research, where's the fun if the macaron is always green, pink (and the rare gold)? 

Also I wanted to ask - the giant macaron is just a plush toy or fake right? It's not real? And what exactly is the prize? Like a box of macarons?

Exactly

On 26/01/2013 at 15:00, Akinomaki said:

 

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one of the awards for the yusho winner is the Japan-France friendship cup, with as extra prize an assortment of macaron French pastry. On the dohyo the "Big Macaron" will be displayed .

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Hight 23cm, diameter 41 cm: Left is for the January and July basho, the middle one for March and September, the right for May and November

and about 750g

They didn't always use the colors on schedule, but the guess is always among those 3. The real food prize

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On 24/02/2018 at 12:08, Akinomaki said:

 

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20 hours ago, Akinomaki said:

You can't expect more from someone as negatively realistic as Shodai.

Ok, international forum so maybe only the Brits will get this*, but is Kumamoto the Japanese version of Yorkshire? 

*Yorkshiremen have a (reasonably well deserved) reputation for blunt truthfulness. Think Geoffrey Boycott.

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3 hours ago, pricklypomegranate said:

What is the weirdest food gift you have seen presented? The tower of mushrooms Tochinoshin had has got to be weirdest in my opinion. 

Posts to give you a reference about what is or was presented - I'll later make an update to Orion's list for this thread just with the food stuff

On 21/03/2018 at 18:52, Akinomaki said:

After 16 years there will be again the Wakayama governor's award for the yusho winner this basho: 500 000 yen and special products worth the same amount: mandarins, peaches and kaki of highest quality, with a(nother) giant sake cup of Negoro-nuri lacquer-ware (no English, but a German wikipedia page available)

It had been awarded from 1988 to 2002 and the prefecture now revives it for PR for Wakayama Premium fruits. It will be awarded for at least 3 years at the Haru basho. Awards from other prefectures at the Haru basho are e.g. from Nara, Oita and Miyazaki.

On 29/08/2012 at 03:48, Johnofuji said:

Orion’s List: Trophies and Prizes presented to the Yusho winner

(not entirely up-to-date and there are some local variations)

...

4). Other prominent trophies are regularly presented, and are here given

in approximate order of presentation (which varies a little). Note that

the trophies remain in the Kokugikan, but most of them also carry a

personal prize which the yusho winner keeps. The prefectural ones

usually feature a large quantity of the local specialty, be it dried

fungus or small shellfish. Many also include a sum of money. The

following is the basic list.

5 Czech Republic: tall fluted bowl cut glass (replacing older one

inscribed EXPO ‘70), plus a year’s supply of Pilsner beer

6 United Arab Emirates: giant coffee pot some 40 cm. tall, made of

handbeaten silver with gold inlay, plus a year’s supply of gasoline

7 Hungary: huge red cloisonne jar, plus an individual tea-set

8 China-Japan Friendship Cup: lidded cup in blue cloisonne with a design

of Mount Fuji, pine and cherry blossom on a blue background

9 [not now, Sarkozy’s hostile] French President’s Cup (Chirac!): huge

dark ceramic piece.

10 Mongolian Prime Minister’s Trophy: large silver bowl held up by three

Mongolian wrestlers, replacing small but massive silver bowl on a

plinth of green stone

11 Mexico: large replica in silver of the Aztec calendar mounted on a

wooden plaque, plus a year’s supply of beer

12 Osaka Governor’s Prize:??

16 Zennosho (National Federation of Agricultural Cooperative Associations

Prize): bronze statue of a rikishi in kesho-mawashi carrying a large

gilt rice-bale; plus a real straw bale that actually contains very

little rice, so that the representative can handle it; the yusho winner

actually receives 30 bales of rice, a valuable addition to his heya;

plus some other delicacy such as eggs boiled in a hot spring

17 Oita prefecture Shiitake Growers Cooperative: dried shiitake (a kind of

oriental mushroom) in a large glass container, plus money

18 Fukui prefecture: red lacquer bowl on two rice bales; plus money and a

ton of umeboshi, sour pickled fruit

19 Hokkaido government: bronze trophy of a giant bird, the Blakiston’s

fish owl; plus a truckload of produce

20 Miyazaki prefecture: trophy in the form of a bull, on a stand supported

by full-frontal male nudes (it weighs around 37 kilograms); carcass of

prime beef

21 Ehime prefecture: silver globe trophy, plus 1,500 bottles of ponzu,

citrus-flavored vinegar

22 Shizuoka prefecture: lamp-shaped trophy: Mount Fuji above, gold paling

to silver; plus the winner’s weight in tea, and a gift of seasonal

fruit

23 Matsue City Mayor’s Cup: large lidded cup plus a ton of small shellfish

used in soup

24 Japan Airlines (JAL): jet plane on a silver world with gold continents

Millionaire’s Cup (Ozeki sake): the giant silver sake cup later filled

with sake and used in the photographs of the victor’s celebrations;

four barrels of sake go with it

25 Bulgarian trophy: realistic tall spray of gold roses and leaves.

26 Isuzu Bighorn [sometimes other car]: the actual four-wheel drive

vehicle stands outside the Kokugikan for the whole basho; for the

presentation, a giant plastic key is used

27 (Coca-cola bottle, plaque representing a Bulgari watch; and local ones

in each venue)

Note: although the basic information in this section was found by

personal research, many details were taken from the book “Naruhodo

Ozumo” by Mr. Seigoro Kitade, a former NHK announcer.

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4 hours ago, Akinomaki said:

Shizuoka: the winner’s weight in tea, and a gift of seasonal  fruit

There must be a significant stockpile of that tea over at Miyaginobeya; they probably "gift" it to the Koenkai members.

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11 hours ago, Yamanashi said:

There must be a significant stockpile of that tea over at Miyaginobeya; they probably "gift" it to the Koenkai members.

And the rikishi have to drink the many years old remains, but don't walk out in protest

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23 hours ago, RabidJohn said:

Ok, international forum so maybe only the Brits will get this*, but is Kumamoto the Japanese version of Yorkshire? 

*Yorkshiremen have a (reasonably well deserved) reputation for blunt truthfulness. Think Geoffrey Boycott.

I don't know about Kumamoto, but Kagoshima (further south of Kumamoto on Kyushu) has been often compared to Naples - both being by bays, active volcanos, and inhabited by relatively hot-tempered people. Might have something to do with the climate...

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Those are amazing prizes! I think they really deserve it because what they do is no joke. They'll be needing those nutrients and a lot of proteins for sure. (Showingoff...)

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I updated the list, getting rid of plenty of misleading or wrong data from the unofficial sources, including wiki/幕内最高優勝賞品

The friendship awards from other countries come first after after the main trophies, like the Prime minister's cup without an extra sumo of money, and only a few of it with some edible stuff attached, the award order in the ceremony lately varies. (Kyushu 2015 - another blog: o)

France: box with 22 macarons, have to be consumed within 4 days

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Czech Republic: a year’s supply of Pilsner Urquell beer -> 2 dozen - cases of 15? to have about 1 bottle a day http://cdn.jobeet.jp/xusybaka15922.html

Mexico: a year’s supply of Corona Extra beer

- in the past: Belgium: a year’s supply of Guillotine beer  o

 

The governor and mayor awards from the location where the basho is usally held (July in Tokyo had the ones from Nagoya), no money, half of it with food. Each year they select local producers to supply a different selection of goodies, as PR for the region.

Osaka governor: e.g. shabu shabu beef, umeshu brandy and honey - a wide range of local products that changes each year, details for 2019: http://www.pref.osaka.lg.jp/miryokuzukuri/sumo/index.html , 2018 and 2015

Aichi governor: (1992) 2009: 50 000 boiled quail eggs, 2010 canceled due to the gambling scandal, like all extra awards, (1986, 1999, 2004/7/8) 2011-18, 2020: Nagoya kochin 名古屋コーチン chicken: 100kg meat, 1000 eggs, 2019 Mikawa pork - 5 whole. Other times 500kg asari clams (2001) or unagi (1987) - it varies each year ->list of awards 1985-2010

Fukuoka governor: a year’s supply of Fukuoka nori, Amao strawberries, Hakataka jidori chicken and Genkitsukushi rice - 2019

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Fukuoka mayor: a year’s supply of mentaiko

 

Next the regional governor (or less) awards, all with a sum of money and edibles

For Tokyo

On 11/12/2014 at 20:24, Akinomaki said:

the Nomi-no-Sukune Nara governor trophy, the first trophy from Nara prefecture.

It goes with 500 000 yen prize money, an assortment of chicken and vegetables etc. for chanko for 300 persons, worth about 250 000 yen

at the 3 Tokyo basho for 3 years.

- still there and now also at other basho O o o o  o

The main item of this thread - as example the goodies for Hatsu 2016 - data of the first 3 years

On 18/02/2016 at 19:06, Akinomaki said:

the Fukushima Governor award
- 1 ton of "Ten no tsubu" rice
- 10kg of Fukushima beef sirloin steak
- 5kg of garlic chive
- very fitting: 3kg of shungiku (same -giku, edible Chrysanthemum - the green is what gets eaten)
- 3kg of shiitake mushrooms
- 6kg of strawberries
- 20kg of anpo-gaki, a type of dried kaki (persimmon)

- only awarded at the 3 Tokyo basho

For Osaka

On 21/03/2018 at 18:52, Akinomaki said:

the Wakayama governor's award for the yusho winner this basho: 500 000 yen and special products worth the same amount: mandarins, peaches and kaki of highest quality, with a(nother) giant sake cup of Negoro-nuri lacquer-ware (no English, but a German wikipedia page available)

It had been awarded from 1988 to 2002 and the prefecture now revives it for PR for Wakayama Premium fruits. It will be awarded for at least 3 years at the Haru basho.

https://www.pref.wakayama.lg.jp/bcms/chiji/press/300319/300319_10.pdf

On 08/03/2017 at 20:36, Akinomaki said:

new one for the winner of the Haru basho: the Yuuasa town-headman award, with the amount for 1 year=180 liters of soy sauce, for which the town in Wakayama pref. is called the cradle

200 pots of 900cc each

All basho

Miyazaki: apart from the prime beef, in sum 1 ton of e.g. fruits, vegetables or chicken meat and eggs o o o o o o

Fukui: umeboshi (no official site mentions 1 ton of just that, about 10kg are in the trophy o) and more that may vary each basho (all together likely 1 ton), e.g local HanaEchizen rice o as 30 000 (umeboshi-)onigiri o o - awarded since 1986, since 2004 the special regional products PR association awards it o and since 2016 for 3 basho per year the Fukui plum PR association o  

- other regional organizations, likewise with money and food

Shizuoka: the winner’s weight in tea, and occasionally a gift of seasonal fruit

in Kyushu: Yamecha PR association: 500 000Yen + (2017) Yamecha 17kg 1000Y/100g +3kg 3000Y/100g

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Ehime: 1500 bottles of POM fruits juice えひめ飲料#ポンジュース (size not mentioned) and sometimes also fruits

Oita: dried shiitake, apparently only the amount in the trophy o

 

- past awards: still awarded Hatsu 2013

ZenNoh: 30 bales of rice (1800kg) and a mix of 1 ton of their produce of the season, usually fruits and vegetables, but at times also a year’s supply of eggs boiled in a hot spring o o . Awards started Hatsu 1978, first just the rice, since 1980 with the extra produce - 2000: Aki, Kyushu, 2001: Kyushu, 2004: Haru, 2005: Natsu

Hokuren ホクレン (Hokkaido): 4tons (a truck full) of e.g. green asparagus and butter o o, or potatoes and onions (2002)

Matsue city: 1 ton of yamato shijimi clams from Lake Shinji o - they don't get enough shijimi anymore from the lake o

 

Other organizations all come with money, but only the ozeki sake giant cup has something related: four ~18l barrels (~72l) of refined ozeki sake (not always), plus a year’s supply of 1cup (180ml) ozeki sake.

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