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The new exhibition till June 17th at the sumo museum is about the prizes in ozumo: Kensho are treated as one of them. Originally a prize like the bow of the bow twirling ceremony that also was given to the winning rikishi in the past. http://www.hochi.co.jp/sports/sumo/20160420-OHT1T50036.html

The present massive kensho parade only started on day 12 of the Natsu-basho 2000. Till then it was one banner per company. On the Tochinohana-Chiyotaikai bout, Nagatanien placed 2 kensho. After that companies increasingly began to place kensho in bulks on popular rikishi or bouts, being a cheap way of advertising. The record is still 1979 from last Aki-basho.

http://www.sumo.or.jp/sumo_museum/display/list.html (no. 9)

With Endo back and the new hopes doing good, we might break the 2000 mark at last this basho - unless kyujo of the main collectors prevent it.

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Endo has much less kensho than before - only Nagatanien stayed with him.

At present Kisenosato is top with 191 fixed kensho, then Hakuho with 190 (but he has much more from being in the later/-test bouts), Kotoshogiku with 186. http://www.hochi.co.jp/sports/sumo/20160507-OHT1T50134.html

New kensho sponsor is JRA - Japan (keiba) racing association: 4 each day on the last bout. http://www.hochi.co.jp/sports/sumo/20160506-OHT1T50176.html

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The top 10 kensho ranking taken from nikkan sports.

Day 1

1. Hakuho 55
2. Kisenosato 18
3. Kotoshogiku 15
4. Kakuryu 13
4. Harumafuji 13
6. Terunofuji 9
7. Goeido 7
8. Osunaarashi 4
9. Aoyama 3
9. Aminishiki 3
9. Gagamaru 3

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I expected Gagamaru to be much higher. I guess most of the sponsors really have abandoned Endo.

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I was at the basho today and three lonely banners went 'round for Endo, same as day 1 I guess. On the whole there seemed to be few kensho today?

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Day 2

1. Hakuho 78
2. Kakuryu 48
3. Kisenosato 30
4. Kotoshogiku 27
5. Harumafuji 24
6. Terunofuji 14
7. Goeido 11
8. Ichinojo 9
9. Nishikigi 5
10 Osunaarashi 4
10 Gagamaru 4
10 Mitakeumi 4

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Day 3

1.) Hakuho 95
2.) Kakuryu 56
3.) Ichinojo 44
4.) Kisenosato 43
5.) Kotoshogiku 39
6.) Harumafuji 24
7.) Goeido 16
8.) Terunofuji 14
9.) Ikioi 7
9.) Osunaarashi 7
9.) Endo 7

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Missed out day 4, sorry guys. But here is

Day 5

1.) Hakuho 155

2.) Kisenosato 68

3.) Kakuryu 61

4.) Ichinojo 51

5.) Kotoshogiku 49

6.) Ikioi 40

7.) Harumafuji 37

8.) Goeido 19

9.) Takarafuji 17

10) Terunofuji 14

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Day 4

1 Hakuho 139

2 Kakuryu 61

3 Kisenosato 53

4 Ichinojo 44

5 Kotoshogiku 39

6 Harumafuji 31

7 Takarafuji 17

7 Goeido 17

9 Terunofuji 14

10 Endo 10

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The Morinaga kensho is a disappointment.

the “Morinaga Award,” which is a kensho from Morinaga Confectionary.
This is the only prize that is determined by the votes of fans attending that day.

They mark the bout that they are most interested in on a designated form.
And the torikumi with the most votes will get the kensho placed on it.

Of course, the winning rikishi will get the prize money, but
the box of caramel is given as an additional prize.


In juryo at the time kensho weren't allowed either, but a then equivalent of the present Morinaga-sho got awarded by request of the fans to those 2 Wajima bouts. Apparently the NSK still had to give a special permission.

This Sankei-Shimbun-sha-sho existed only for one year, apparently the form then allowed to write down the preferred bout - this Natsu basho I'll try to find the survey in the kokugikan, I missed it each time so far.

I tried to find that designated form, but when I found the box to put in the votes, it said: "write the bout and your address on an empty box of Morinaga chocolate or caramel".

I wouldn't call that a vote by fans attending that day, just a vote by Morinaga fans/customers attending that day.

Of course the boxes are on sale in the kokugikan. Among those who voted for the bout with the most votes - that gets the kensho - 3 win a packet of 10 boxes of chocolate.

In this case, the fans can vote for juryo like with the old Sankei award - apparently no form ever existed.

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Day 6

1.) Hakuho 171
2.) Kisenosato 78
3.) Harumafuji 71
4.) Kakuryu 66
5.) Ichinojo 51
6.) Kotoshogiku 49
7.) Ikioi 41
8.) Myogiryu 21
9.) Goeido 19
10) Takarafuji 17

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Day 7

1.) Hakuho 218
2.) Kisenosato 99
3.) Harumafuji 77
4.) Kakuryu 66
4.) Kotoshogiku 66
6.) Ichinojo 51
7.) Ikioi 41
8.) Goeido 25
9.) Kotoyuki 22
10 Myogiryu 21

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Day 8

1.) Hakuho 239
2.) Kisenosato 117
3.) Kakuryu 110
4.) Harumafuji 104
5.) Kotoshogiku 66
6.) Ichinojo 51
7.) Ikioi 41
8.) Goeido 32
9.) Kotoyuki 22
9.) Myogiryu 22

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Day 9

1.) Hakuho 253
2.) Kisenosato 135
3.) Kakuryu 119
4.) Harumafuji 104
5.) Kotoshogiku 76
6.) Ichinojo 51
7.) Okinoumi 45
8.) Ikioi 41
9.) Goeido 32
10) Kotoyuki 28

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Day 10

1. Hakuho 298
2. Kisenosato 156
3. Kakuryu 123
4. Harumafuji 115
5. Kotoshogiku 76
6. Ichinojo 53
7. Okinoumi 45
8. Ikioi 41
9. Goeido 32
10 Kotoyuki 28

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Day 11

1. Hakuho 324
2. Kisenosato 175
3. Kakuryu 156
4. Harumafuji 122
5. Kotoshogiku 76
6. Ichinojo 53
7. Okinoumi 46
8. Ikioi 41
9. Kotoyuki 33
9. Endo 33

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Day 12

1. Hakuho 340
2. Kisenosato 200
3. Harumafuji 160
4. Kakuryu 156
5. Kotoshogiku 90
6. Ichinojo 53
7. Okinoumi 46
8. Endo 42
9. Ikioi 41
10 Takarafuji 36

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Day 13

1. Hakuho 398
2. Kisenosato 200
3. Kakuryu 171
4. Harumafuji 160
5. Kotoshogiku 109
6. Ichinojo 56
7. Endo 49
8. Okinoumi 46
9. Ikioi 41
10 Goeido 39
10 Takarafuji 39

58 kensho in the last bout of the day between Hakuho and Kisenosato. The maximum allowed is 61, which was only awarded twice in the past on senshuraku. I guess it's a record for day 13.

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15 kensho for the Harumafuji-Kakuryu bout, pretty poor pickings.

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Day 14

1. Hakuho 427
2. Kakuryu 232
3. Kisenosato 200
4. Harumafuji 160
5. Kotoshogiku 124
6. Goeido 58
7. Ichinojo 56
8. Endo 55
9. Okinoumi 48
10 Ikioi 41

Todays musubi-no-ichiban between Kisenosato and Kakuryu had the maximum of 61 kensho. First time this happened on a day before senshuraku.

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Day 15

Final standing.

1. Hakuho 486 (+59)
2. Kisenosato 247 (+47)
3. Kakuryu 232
4. Harumafuji 160
5. Kotoshogiku 154
6. Goeido 58
7. Ichinojo 56
8. Endo 55
9. Okinoumi 49
10 Kotoyuki 47

As I expected, not the maximum number of kensho in the last bout.

Thanks for reading. Looking forward to seeing you next basho.

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Day 15

Final standing.

1. Hakuho 486 (+59)

2. Kisenosato 247 (+47)

3. Kakuryu 232

4. Harumafuji 160

5. Kotoshogiku 154

6. Goeido 58

7. Ichinojo 56

8. Endo 55

9. Okinoumi 49

10 Kotoyuki 47

As I expected, not the maximum number of kensho in the last bout.

Thanks for reading. Looking forward to seeing you next basho.

What is the record for the largest number of kensho in a basho?

Difference between first and second = 486 - 247 = 239 ( It´s a record?)

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There is a Japanese WP page about the prize money in Sumo: 懸賞 (相撲)

According to that the record for the most kensho for a single rikishi during a tournament is held by Hakuho with 545 envelopes he got during hatsu-basho last year. This tournaments 486 kensho make it to 3rd place. 2nd place is Hakuho with 515 kensho in Kyushu 2010.

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Difference between first and second = 486 - 247 = 239 ( It´s a record?)

I don't know what the record difference is between winner and runner up, but this time it's not. In the aforementioned Hatsu basho 2015 it was 376!

Take a look at the kensho of that basho: http://www.sumoforum.net/forums/index.php?showtopic=33525&p=273914

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