Gentaro Arita, Papaikou, Hawaii, B4, Co.5
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Gift of June Hoshida Honma, Sandra Hoshida and Carole Hoshida Kanada
2 drawings on paper, lined and laminated (1 sheet) : ink ; left image 4.125 x in., right image 4.125 x in., on sheet 6 x 9.5 in.
Portraits of two men, Gentaro Arita (three-quarter view) and Shigeru Ando (frontal) of barracks 4, compound 5, Lordsburg Justice Department Camp, New Mexico, July 19, 1942. Both drawings have double lined border and English and Japanese identification.
Left drawing depicts Gentaro Arita, a farmer of Papaikou, Hawaii, originally from Narusato, Wakamatsu city, Fukuoka prefecture, Japan. Viewed from the shoulders up, Arita is turned facing right wearing a collared shirt. He has a small mustache and his face is lined with bags under eyes. Horizonal lines in background.
Right drawing depicts Shigeru Ando, a farmer of Papaikou, Hawaii, originally from Shonai, Kaho district, Fukuoka prefecture, Japan. Visible from the shoulders up, Ando looks directly at the viewer. He wears a collared shirt, has close cropped hair and a mustache. His brow is lined.
Hoshida was one of the seven to nine hundred Japanese Americans in Hawaii who were incarcerated in Justice Department internment camps. He was acutely aware of the importance of recording his experiences through the pen and ink drawings and watercolors he made during his incarceration in five different locations. While Hoshida did not attempt to make any overt commentary on the interment, his drawings and sketches provide a continuous and detailed account of daily activities and his long journey from Hilo, Hawaii, to the desert of Arizona.
Written in black ink on left image, bottom right corner: 7-29-42. Written in black ink, left of left image (In Japanese): Fukuoka-ken Wakamatsushi Narusatoku [unreadable] / Hawai to Papaikou, Mahalua / Nogyo Arita Gentaro Written in black ink, below left image: Gentaro Arita Papaikou, Hawai / B4 - Co.5 Written in black ink on right image, bottom right corner: 7-29-42. Written in black ink, left of right image (In Japanese): Fukuokaken Kahogun Shonaimura oaza Irimizu / Hawai to Papaikou, Mahalua / Nogyo Ando Shigeru. Written in black ink, below right image: Shigeru Ando Papaikou / B4 - Co.5. Written in pencil, bottom left corner: 116.
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