Shibata Katsuie was said to be a warlord who was brave, resolute, and warm to others.
While he made countless contributions to the monarch through his extraordinary military exploits, he did not harbor any resentment towards vassals who had seceded from his camp during the tumultuous era of the Sengoku period. He spared the lives of the vassals who accompanied him to his final moments, and was in fact empathetic enough to tell them that he was pleased to do so.
Although it has been said that he had composed a death poem before he died along with his beloved wife, Oichinokata, it was extremely unusual in that his poem was a companion poem that used the same words of the poem composed by Oichinokata herself. It has been said that this is proof of Katsuie's feelings for his wife and his resolve to be prepared for the worst with her.
The family crest of the warlord Shibata Katsuie is a "karigane" crest. Karigane has been known since ancient times as an auspicious bird that delivers good news, and because of its habit of traveling in a flock, this bird is said to be a symbol of unity and deep bonds. This piece was entitled "TotsuHito~Karigane no Tsukasa" as a reference to the head of the military family that holds the family crest reminiscent of Katsuie.
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