Nomi no Sukune

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Nomi no Sukune by Kikuchi Yōsai

Nomi no Sukune (野見 宿禰?) was a Japanese legendary sumo wrestler during Emperor Suinin era.[1] He kicked and killed his opponent Taima no Kehaya (当麻蹴速?) under the Emperor's instruction.[2] It was not modern sumo, but he is regarded as the human creator of sumo.[3] He was an ancestor of Sugawara no Michizane.[1]

A mural of him, removed from the old National Olympic Stadium in 2014, will be put on display at the new stadium in 2019.[4]


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  2. ^ "Sumo wrestling history, the Ancient Japanese sport". Essortment. Retrieved 2008-02-19. 
  3. ^ "History of Sumo Wrestling". Houston Chinatown. Retrieved 2008-02-19. 
  4. ^ "東京五輪向け壁画取り外し…建て替え国立競技場". Yomiuri Shinbun. 5 November 2014. Retrieved 8 November 2014.