Shibata Yasutada


Shibata Clan


Musashi Province

Lifespan:  Tenbun 7 (1538) to 5/26 of Bunroku 2 (1593)

Other Names:  Magoshichirō, Shichikurō, Shigemasa, Masatada

Rank:  bushō

Clan:  Shibata

Lord:  Tokugawa Ieyasu

Father:  Shibata Masayuki

Siblings:  Hisanori, Shigehisa, Yasutada

Children:  Yasunaga, Ujishige, daughter (wife of Imai Kurōzabei), daughter (wife of Jinbō Ujikatsu), daughter (wife of a retainer from the Ishikawa clan), daughter (wife of Ōi Masayoshi)

Shibata Yasutada served as a bushō during the Azuchi-Momoyama period.  He was a retainer of the Tokugawa clan.

Beginning in 1561, Yasutada served Tokugawa Ieyasu.  During the Mikawa Ikkō-ikki that ran for one-half year from 1563 to 1564 by followers of the Ikkō sect in western Mikawa, Yasutada converted to the Jōdo sect and as recognition for his valiant fighting with a spear, Ieyasu conferred upon him one of the characters from his name and he adopted the name of Yasutada.

In 1567, when Ieyasu reorganized the roles of individuals within the family, Yasutada was appointed as one of the generals for hatamoto serving in the vanguard forces.  In 1569, owing to his contributions in attacks on Tōtōmi Province, Yasutada was appointed as a chief retainer.

Yasutada made contributions in the vanguard forces at the Battle of Mikatagahara in the twelfth month of 1572 and at the Battle of Nagashino in the fifth month of 1575.

In the third month of 1582, at the Conquest of Kōshū, he subdued numerous former retainers of the Takeda.  On 6/2 of Tenshō 10 (1582), Oda Nobunaga unexpectedly died in a coup d’état known as the Honnō Temple Incident.  Afterwards, Yasutada was appointed as a magistrate for Kōshū.  To assist in governing the former territory of the Takeda, Yasutada stayed at Takashima Castle in the Suwa District and, upon orders of Ieyasu, headed out to serve as a military commander in support of Yoda Nobushige.  In 1585, at the First Battle of Ueda, Yasutada joined Nobushige to pacify the Saku District.

In 1590, after the Conquest of Odawara, Ieyasu moved to the Kantō whereupon Yasutada and Ōkubo Tadayo to lead civil affairs in Kazusa Province.

In 1591, Yasutada was awarded 5,000 koku in Shōbu and Kisaichi in Musashi Province.  In the fifth month of 1593, he died at the age of fifty six and was buried in Toi-no-kuchi in the Saitama District.  Later, his grave was relocated by his eldest son, Yasunaga, to the Jūren Temple in the village of Imaizumi.