Sumiyoshi ( (すみ) (よし) Sumiyoshi?) is an ancestor of Tanjiro Kamado and a close acquaintance of Yoriichi Tsugikuni.


Sumiyoshi looked remarkably like an unscarred, older version of Tanjiro Kamado, possessing the same facial structure, eyes and hair type, although his was longer, about shoulder-length and worn tied in a ponytail behind his head.

Their similarities continue into his attire, as Sumiyoshi wore a short, black-checkered yukata of an almost identical design to Tanjiro's usual haori, as well as a pair of similar hakama pants, although these were paler than the ones Tanjiro wears with his uniform.


During the brief memory fragment Tanjiro inherited from his ancestor, Sumiyoshi demonstrates that he had a very similar personality to Tanjiro himself, showing traits like virtue, generosity, honesty, and humbleness.[2]


At one point in his life, he was rescued by the first Breathing user, Yoriichi Tsugikuni, presumably from a Demon.[1]


Swordsmith Village Arc

As he sleeps, recovering from the injuries he acquired during his fight with Gyutaro and Daki, Tanjiro sees a fragment of a memory inherited from Sumiyoshi. In it, Sumiyoshi was shown interacting with the mysterious Sun Breathing user, Yoriichi.

Abilities and Powers

Hinokami Kagura (ヒノカミ神楽 (かぐら) Hinokami Kagura?): Sumiyoshi is implied to be capable of using the Sun Breathing as the Hinokami Kagura after memorizing the moves shown to him by Yoriichi, passing down the dance and Yoriichi's earrings through generations.


  • He bears a shocking resemblance to Tanjiro.
  • He is a charcoal burner, just like his descendants.[1]



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 99 (Page 14).
  2. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 99 (Pages 13-14).


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