Saitō Kiheiji「斎藤喜平次」

Individual

Mino Province

Saitō Clan

Lifespan:  15xx to 11/12 of 1555

Clan:  Saitō, Isshiki

Father:  Saitō Dōsan

Mother:  Miyoshino or Omi-no-kata

Siblings: Yoshitatsu, Magoshirō, Kiheiji, Nichijō, Nichikaku, Toshitaka, Toshiharu, Kichō (Nōhime – formal wife of Oda Nobunaga), five other sisters

Saitō Kiheiji was an individual during the Sengoku period.  He was the third son of Saitō Dōsan.  His mother was either Miyoshino or Omi-no-kata.  He resided in Inabayama Castle along with Dōsan and his older brothers, Yoshitatsu and Magoshirō.

Along with his next older brother, Magoshirō, Kiheiji was taken well care of by Dōsan, and given the name of Isshiki Uhyōe-taifu.  This bred arrogance among Kiheiji and Magoshirō, who gradually came to despise their older brother, Yoshitatsu.  In 1554, Yoshitatsu succeeded Dōsan as head of the Saitō family, but, in anticipation of being removed from the line of succession, Yoshitatsu had devised a plan.  On 11/12 of 1555, Yoshitatsu feigned illness and called Kiheiji, Magoshirō, and others to an inner room at Inabayama Castle.  After Kiheiji and his older brother, Magoshirō, became intoxicated with drink, they were murdered by a close retainer of Yoshitatsu named Hineno Bitchū-no-kami Hironari.