Jitsuzo Hinako was born in Kyushu's Ohmuta Prefecture, in Japan, in 1893. After graduating from Tokyo University of Art asa sculpture major in 1919, he studied under Fumio Asakura who was one of the most influential contemporary sculptors in Japanese history. Hinako created over 200 sculptures, including YABUSAME for the 1936 Berlin Olympic commemorative medal. The Japanese Football Association's symbol of a three-legged crow was also created by Hinako. He was commissioned to make commemorative medals for many sports-related events. Hinako died in 1945.