Tuesday, January 13, 2009

A Faithful Life, Indeed

Mrs. Scribe wishes she'd had more faith in her chosen profession. On Saturday, our local paper came through with a thoughtful, downright beautiful portrait of Yoshio Nakada, the homeless man we blogged about last week. If you'll recall, we went on at great length about the callous nature of not just the press, but people, too.

The lovely feature in The Washington Post reaffirmed that Yoshio made a difference in this world.

The Post captured Yoshio's passion for people. Not only was he a regular at Miriam's Kitchen, the social service agency where Ella Numera Una interned last summer, but he attended services at 2 local congregations: Grace Episcopal Church in Georgetown & The Friends Meeting of Washington...also known as the Quakers. In fact the above snap of Yoshio was provided to The Post by Father John Graham of Grace Episcopal, who held a memorial for the 61-year-old homeless man on Saturday.

Yoshio's friends...and he had dozens in the DC community...held a vigil for him last week at the spot where he was beaten to death on Christmas Eve. Mourners included social workers, local bankers and a group from the Japanese Embassy. They rang a Buddhist bell in a tradition to drown the sounds of Yoshio's pain.

The Embassy has contacted Yoshio's sister, and is working to return him to Japan for burial.

The Post...and the DC community...did the right thing in honoring Yoshio. Miriam's Kitchen does the right thing every day, helping people like Yoshio attain some kind of balance in their fragile lives. If you'd like to contribute to help Miriam's Kitchen make a difference, please click on the snap of Yoshio in Mrs. Scribe's sidebar.

Yoshio Nakada's death is still a mystery...but the fact that he was loved is not.

8 comments:

Tara R. said...

I am so glad this man was given a memorial and that he was remember by people who cared about him. Thank you for sharing this story. I hope he can make it home for a family burial.

CBeth said...

Please donate to Miriam's Kitchen! after having volunteered there for the past 10 years, it really is an organization that makes a difference in people's lives. Miriam's offers many services to individuals such as Yoshio, especially those who just need the extra boost getting back on their feet.

Also, you can look for organizations in your area that are similar to Miriam's. Homeless men and women are becoming invisible Americans, and they could use the help and would also appreciate it.

LadyStyx said...

What a beautiful tribute for a beautiful man.

Deanna said...

Such a lovely tribute.

Veggie Mom said...

I'm so glad that a reporter took the time to investigate this! I hope Yoshio's spirit is at peace because of all that love that his friends have shared.

Z's Mom said...

That is awesome....I'm glad they came through....

shellee said...

That's such a sad ending to life. I, too am glad that he was given a proper Memorial Service. The photo is very striking.

Anonymous said...

As one of a host of many who thronged Grace Episcopal Church here in Georgetown on January 13, knew Yoshio Nakada. He attended mass almost daily at St Paul's Episcopal Church, about three blocks where he was murdered just across the street from the Watergate. He was a very quiet individual at my parish church, but his tragic murder shocked many including myself who wept at his farewell at Grace Church on that bleak winter afternoon.

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