Barcus, Faith Nobuko (Araki)|
Passed away on October 15, 2013 at the age of 86. She is survived by her children Julie (Starr), Gary, and Mark, three grandsons Dustin, Dorian, and Dalton Barcus, as well as by loving extended family Milagros Barcus, Reta Gilpatric, Misao Kaneko, and Laura Bode. Faith was born Nobuko Araki in Tokyo on March 8, 1927, the second of three daughters of progressive Japanese parents Toichiro and Toshiko Araki, both descendents of a long bloodline of Samurai from Kyushu, Japan. From her father's travels and study in the United States, she developed a keen interest in all things American, and eagerly embraced life in the U.S. as the post-war bride of F. Earle Barcus, of Champaign, Illinois (deceased 2003). Her journey and the many ways in which she tried to bridge the two cultures throughout her life is chronicled in her autobiography Meguriai: Nobuko's American Journey. Her gripping story of how she and her family survived the 1945 firebombing of Tokyo was published in the Boston Globe, Sunday Edition on July 30, 1995.& She was on the writing team of Ourselves, Growing Older (1986), by the Boston Women's Health Book Collective. An accomplished ballroom dancer, artist, pianist, and writer, Faith also ran a Japanese restaurant on Newbury Street in Boston for many years. Her paintings and etchings were shown at the Copley Society and other venues. Perhaps her greatest legacy of accomplishment is the success of Showa Boston Institute for Language and Culture& in Jamaica Plain, where as Dean of Student Life she was instrumental in getting the school started and developing their many programs of outreach and cultural exchange within the community. Generations of Japanese young women knew her as "Boston Mother" during their time in the United States learning English and American culture. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the
.& A celebration of Faith's life will be held at Showa Boston in November; please contact the family for more specific information:& email@example.com or Julie Starr, 1117 Lafayette Drive, Sunnyvale, CA 94087.
Published in The Boston Globe on Oct. 20, 2013