Japanese American National Museum
Collections & Research

Okubo, Mine

Enlarge Image (87.8KB)

H: 9.25 in, W: 13 in
mat board

United States, 1942-1944


Gift of Mine Okubo Estate


1 drawing on paper : ink ; image 9.25 x 13 in., matted 16 x 20 in.

A woman with flipped forelock of hair, Mine Okubo, stands in middle of camp where the "Enjoy Acme Beer, South San Francisco, The Industrial City" sign stood out like a beacon on a hill at Tanforan Assembly Center, California during World War II. The head and shoulders of Mine in a pinafore over a cross-patterned shirt and a man in a hat with his back to viewer are visible in foreground, bottom right corner. People walk, stand and talk in front of partially visible barracks, clotheslines and a garden at left. Three barracks and a clothesline stand at midground where the Acme sign and hill rise above in background.

Signed at bottom right corner: Mine. Written in pencil, bottom right corner: 77. Written and circled in pencil, bottom left corner: 77. Stamped in black ink on back, top left corner: 5191. Written in pencil on back, bottom right corner: 77.

Drawings for the book, Citizen 13660, began as sketches and drawings created by Okubo while incarcerated at Tanforan and Topaz to tell faithful friends about camp life and were intended for exhibition purposes. Drawing is on page 82 of book.

All requests for permission to publish, reproduce, or quote from materials in this collection must be submitted to the Collections Management & Access Unit at the Japanese American National Museum (



Jump to Top of Page Japanese American National Museum home
Copyright © 1998-2018 Japanese American National Museum
100 North Central Avenue, Los Angeles California 90012   ▪   phone: (213) 625-0414