The prestigious Okura prize is named after Baron Okura Kishichiro, a primary patron of professional go in Japan in the early 20th century and one of the founding patrons of the Nihon Kiin. He was made a member of the Nihon Kiin Go Hall of Fame in 2006. The prize is awarded by the Nihon Kiin, generally annually, in recognition for contributions to the spreading and growth of the game of go.
From 1989, the official name of the Prize is Okura Kishichiro Sho.
The prize is international in nature and there are awardees from China (Chen Zude), Korea (Cho Nam Cheol), Taiwan (Ing Chang Ki) and many Western countries, including Felix Dueball as one of awardees in the inaugural edition in 1964.