The Middleditch-Horinouchi Connection
Today I realized that Thomas Middleditch and I may be related.
For those of you who don’t know, Thomas Middleditch is an actor and comedian. He starred in the HBO series, Silicon Valley - one of my favorite TV shows. More recently, his three-episode special called, Middleditch and Schwartz dropped on Netflix. They consist of live tapings of his long form improv shows with his comedy partner, Ben Schwartz. Highly recommend!
So how can Middleditch and Horinouchi be related? You see, what I realized this morning, while brushing my teeth, Middleditch is the English version of my last name, Horinouchi. In Japanese, “hori” means “moat,” like the “ditch” around a castle. “Uchi” means “inside” or “middle.” “No” is like a preposition. Putting it all together, Horinouchi means “inside the moat,” or “middle of the ditch,” or Middleditch.
My Dad wrote in his personal memoir, that his father told him, “Do not dig too deeply into your family roots.” Could it be that Thomas Middleditch’s ancestors journeyed to Japan in the 1800’s and started the Horinouchi (Middleditch) clan? Is this the dark secret my grandfather was keeping from my Dad?