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[Hideo Hama, 42 sai]

Hoshida, George [ bio ]

[Hideo Hama, 42 sai]
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H: 6 in, W: 9.5 in

Lordsburg, N.M., 1942


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


2 drawings on paper, lined and laminated (1 sheet) : ink ; left image 3.875 x 2.75 in., right image 3.875 x 2.75 in., on sheet 6 x 9.5 in.

Ink portraits of two men, Hideo Hama and Shogo Miwa, at Lordsburg Justice Department Camp, New Mexico on August 28, 1942 and August 5, 1942, respectively. Both drawings have black line borders.
Left portrait of Hideo Hama, a 42 year-old Judo instructor of Alaska (Seattle), originally from Okayama, Japan and was captain of block 8. Hama looks directly at the viewer. He is dressed in a button-down shirt and has closely cropped hair. He has a mustache and glasses. Visible from shoulders up.
Right portrait of Shogo (?) Miwa, age 45, of Honolulu, Hawaii, originally from Hiroshima, Japan and was captain of block 6. Miwa has a crew cut, long on top, and round-rimmed glasses. He wears a button-down shirt and looks to the left of the viewer. Visible from the shoulders up.

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: 8-28-42. Written in black ink to left of left image (In Japanese): Okayamashi Omotomachi 167 / Alasuka Suwado / Judo kyoshi Hama Hideo / 42 sai. Written in pencil below Alasuka Suwado (In Japanese): (Shiatoru). Written in black ink on right image, bottom right corner: 8-5-42. Written in black ink to left of right image (In Japanese): Hirohimashi Yokokawamachi 2-655 no 2 / Honorurushi Kita Kingugai 1130 / [Munia shokai] Miwa Shogo / 45 sai. Written in pencil below left image: B8 Captain. Written in pencil below right image: B6 Captain 8-5. Written in pencil, top left corner: 143.

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