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[Hiroshi Tamabayashi]

Hoshida, George [ bio ]

[Hiroshi Tamabayashi]
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H: 6 in, W: 9.5 in

Lordsburg, N.M., 1942-1943


Gift of June Hoshida Honma, Sandra Hoshida and Carole Hoshida Kanada


2 drawings on paper, lined and laminated (1 sheet) : ink ; left image 3.75 x 2.75 in., right image 3.75 x 2.75 in., on sheet 6 x 9.5 in.

Ink portraits of two men, Hiroshi Tambayashi and Isamu Nakamura, at Lordsburg Justice Department Camp, New Mexico. Both drawings have black line borders.
Left portrait of Hiroshi Tamabayashi, 36 year-old principal of Kahuku Nihongo Gakko on Oahu, Hawaii, originally from Hiroshima. Tamabayashi has a small mustache, receding hairline and wears glasses. Dressed in a button-down shirt, he looks to the right of the viewer.
Right portrait of Isamu Nakamura, age 44, of Nakamura Hotel in Honolulu, Hawaii originally from Hiroshima. Nakamura has a small mustache, broad face and thich straight hair. He is dressed in an undershirt.

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 to the left of left image (In Japanese): Hiroshimaken Kureshi Yoshiurmachi / Oafu to Kahuku Nihongo Gakkocho / Tamabayashi Hiroshi (Yoshimasu) / (36 sai). Written in black ink to the left of right image (In Japanese): Hiroshimaken Saekigun [Chiomaemura] / Honorurushi Kita Beretaniagai 226 / Nakamura Hoteru / Nakamura Isamu / (44 sai). Written in pencil below left image: B5 7-31 Mail Clerk. Written in pencil below right image: B5 8-6. Written in pencil, top left corner: 139.

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