This post from Melville House recounts the story behind what must be the Guinness World Book record for grudges.
It seems that after being defeated in the Battle of Kizugawaguchi, (part of Oda Nobunaga’s bloody attempt to unify – aka conquer Japan), one of the pirate clans, the Kurushima Murakami that originally fought against the winners, switched sides. Two of the other clans, the Innoshima and Noshima, took their revenge by not speaking to the offending clan for 440 years. It was only after a visit to a local museum by Ryo Wada, bestselling author of Murakami Kaizoku no Musume (“Daughter of a Murakami Pirate”), a work of historical fiction that tells the story of Oda Nobunaga’s campaign, that the “descendants of all three clans came face to face for the first time since the feud began.”
Tom is originally from Brooklyn N.Y but has spent his entire professional career in South Carolina, most recently as Head of Reference Services at the College of Charleston. As part of the Against the Grain and Charleston Conference team, he serves as the associate editor of the print ATG as well as the co-editor of the webpage. Tom’s conference duties include coordinating the Penthouse Suite interviews as well as the conference poster sessions.
He received his MLS from the University of Buffalo, SUNY and a second master’s in public administration from the College of Charleston and the Univ. of South Carolina. His wife Carol and he live in downtown Charleston and she is an artist and a tour guide offering historic walking tours of the city.