Iwashi Tatami

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Iwashi Tatami
たたみイワシ Tatami Iwashi
Manga Volume #7, Naruto Chapter #57
Anime Naruto Episode #21
Appears in Anime, Manga
Voice Actors
Birthdate Astrological Sign Capricorn January 2
Gender Gender Male Male
  • Part I: 23
  • Part I: 173 cm1.73 m
    5.676 ft
    68.11 in
  • Part I: 61.5 kg135.584 lb
Blood type O
  • Elite Bodyguard
Ninja Rank
Ninja Registration 012021

Iwashi Tatami (たたみイワシ, Tatami Iwashi) is a chūnin-level shinobi from Konohagakure.


Though much of his personality has not been seen first-hand, Iwashi is described as being very methodical in nature in the databooks. He is also haughty in private but has a more reserved demeanour in public.[1]


He has dark eyes, brown hair and a small goatee. When first introduced, he wore a simple button up grey uniform like the one worn by the shinobi in the Konohagakure Intelligence Division. When seen after that, however, he wore the standard attire of the Konoha shinobi complete with flak jacket and forehead protector which he wears like a bandanna.


Though little to nothing is known of his abilities, Iwashi did note during the Chūnin Exams that even he wasn't able to finish the second test of the examination in the time that the Sand Siblings had.[2] He was also strong enough to be placed on a mission that his Tokubetsu Jōnin team-mates called challenging.[3]

Space–Time Ninjutsu

In the anime, Iwashi showed some aptitude with Space–Time Ninjutsu as he is able to use the Flying Thunder God Technique which was taught to him by the Fourth Hokage due to their being part of the Hokage Guard Platoon. However, unlike Minato, Iwashi has to use this technique in conjunction the other Hokage Guards.[4]

Part I

Chūnin Exam Arc

Iwashi first appeared when showing Anko Mitarashi a video of the Sand Siblings after passing the second test of the Chūnin Exams, noting in particular the time they took and speculating that there was no way that they were merely genin.

Sasuke Retrieval Arc

Shizune and her team

Iwashi, Shizune, Genma, and Raidō detect the presence of the Sound Four.

He appeared later with Raidō Namiashi, Shizune, and Genma Shiranui on a mission. Raidō and Genma were badly injured by the Sound Four when they went to check out the disturbance and Iwashi wanted to get revenge for his comrades, but was stopped by Shizune.

Mizuki Strikes Back Arc

In the anime, Iwashi, along with Tonbo Tobitake, informed Tsunade about Mizuki and the Legendary Stupid Brothers escaping from prison together.

Land of Vegetables Arc

Later, Iwashi, along with Tonbo and Mozuku, accompanied Shizune and Shikamaru Nara to the Land of Vegetables to take back the country from the Criminal Brothers control.

Trap Master Arc

Iwashi was present when Tsunade ordered him along with other ninja to go investigate a possible attack on Konoha. It was later revealed that the whole incident had been set up by Gennō.

Part II

Hidan and Kakuzu Arc

In the anime, he was present at Asuma Sarutobi's funeral.

Itachi Pursuit Arc

In the anime, after Sasuke absorbed Orochimaru, Iwashi was briefly shown, along with Anko and Mozuku, shortly before Anko sensed Orochimaru's "death".[5]

Shinobi World War Arc

Hiraishin no Jutsu Guard

Iwashi's team ready to teleport Mei.

In the anime, Iwashi was credited as the third member of the Hokage Guard Platoon.[6] He and his team mates were also assigned to the Daimyō Protection Squad where he and the others confronted Black Zetsu. During this battle, he and his team-mates watched on as Chōjūrō defeated Black Zetsu and when they received instructions from HQ, used the Flying Thunder God Technique to teleport Mei to the main battlefield to confront the reincarnated Madara Uchiha. He, his team-mates and Dodai later pursued a fleeing on the battlefield before the Tsuchikage was defeated by A.


  • His name means "Sardine Mat" (rug), as "iwashi" directly translates into "sardine" and "tatami" is a type setting of cloth.
  • According to the databook(s):
    • His favourite foods are nikujaga and buttered maize, while his least favourite is seafood.


  1. 1.0 1.1 First Databook, page 76
  2. Naruto chapter 58, page 5
  3. Naruto chapter 184, page 15
  4. Naruto Shippūden, episode 323
  5. Naruto: Shippūden episode 114
  6. Naruto: Shippūden episode 323 ending credits

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