Iwata Seien VI
Iwata Seien (passed away 11/16/2018) was the sixth Iemoto of the Seien Ryu, the lineage stemming from and serving as the source of the Fudaiji honkyoku (西園流 譜代寺). In August of 2009 the 5th Iemoto of the Seien Ryu, Obara Seien V, passed away, however, before he died he had consulted with the other senior Seien Ryu members and had agreed upon the choice of Iwata Ritsuen as the next Iemoto. Iwata Ritsuen (Seien VI) studied from two of the 2nd Iemoto’s students and also from his father who was the most senior student of the 4th Iemoto, Kobayashi Seien. He had also studied all of the honkyoku directly from the 3rd Iemoto, Katou Seien. As well as being a master of Seien Ryu, Iwata studied directly from Tanikita Muchiku who was regarded by many as the greatest living Myoan Taizan-ha (明暗対山派) player. He has also added to the schools repertoire by notating various shinkyoku and honkyoku he has learned from other lineages, thus making them accessible to his students and other members of the Seien Ryu.