Samurai name meaning: Shibata Katsuie

    Shibata Katsuie 柴田 勝家 was one of the famous samurai in the Sengoku period, a main general in Oda Nobunaga’s retainer. He fought with Uesugi Kenshin 上杉 謙信 as commander in chief of the Hokuriku region. His brave deed was well-known and sometimes called Oni-Shibata 鬼柴田, meaning “Devil Shibata”. Another samurai like Toyotomi Hideyoshi added one of the name character to his family name in order to share the good luck of Katsuie. History tells almost nothing about his childhood. He appeared as a distinguished senior vassal of Oda family from the time of Oda Nobuhide 織田 信秀, the father of Oda Nobunaga 織田 信長. Samurai traditionally have … Continued