Seiwa had six sons who bore the surname Minamoto - a name granted as an honor by the Imperial court. The Seiwa Genji - including first Kamakura shogun Minamoto no Yoritomo and his brother, the famous Minamoto no Yoshitsune - claimed descent from Seiwa's sixth son, Minamoto no Sadazumi, through Sadazumi's son Minamoto no Tsunemoto.
Seiwa was succeeded by one of his sons, who took the throne as Emperor Yôzei.
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- Karl Friday, Samurai Warfare and the State in Early Medieval Japan, Routledge (2004), 9.
- Evelyn Rawski, Early Modern China and Northeast Asia: Cross-Border Perspectives, Cambridge University Press (2015), 155.