In Kyôto immediately after the dissolution of the Fuke sect, the Myôan Shinpô ryû ('Myôan True Dharma Sect') was important in continuing the honkyoku tradition after the Fuke sect era. Founded by Ozaki Shinryû (1820-1888), its leading proponent was one of Ozaki's students, Katsuura Shôzan (1856-1942). Shôzan became the head of Myôan kyôkai in 1881, and was influential amongst a great number of honkyoku players. He left Myôan kyôkai soon after the arrival of Taizan. Outliving almost all of his contemporaries, Katsuura came to be known as the last of the komusô. Although there is no longer an organization called Myôan Shinpô ryû, much of Katsuura's repertoire continues to be transmitted today both by individuals and as part of the repertoire of other organizations.
Edited by Jeffrey Jones with permission from Dr Riley Lee's PhD Thesis Yearning For The Bell; a study of transmossion in the honkyoku tradition. 1992 University Of Sydney