[Kurakake Jitsuichi, 60 sai]
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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 x 3 in., right image 4 x 3 in., on sheet 6 x 9.5 in.
Ink portraits of two men, Jitsuichi Kurakake and M. Hyodo, at Lordsburg Justice Department Camp, New Mexico, ca. July 30, 1942. Both drawings have black double-line borders.
Left portrait of Jitsuichi Kurakake, 60 year-old Kaimuki Japanese language school principal in Honolulu, Hawaii, originally from Hiroshima, Japan. Dressed in an undershirt, Kurakake looks directly at the viewer through glasses. He has a very small mustache and his hair is combed back.
Right portrait of M. Hyodo, 37 year-old camera store worker in Santa Barbara, California, originally from Hiroshima, Japan. Dressed in a button-down shirt, Hyodo looks to the left of viewer. He has a mustache and his forelock is wavy.
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 left of left image (In Japanese): Hiroshimaken Hibagun [Konukamura] / Honoruru Kaimuki Nihongo gakko cho / Kurakake Jitsuichi / 60 sai. Written in black ink to left of right image (In Japanese): Hiroshimaken [unreadable] / Santa Babarashi / Shashinkiten / Hyodo [unreadable] / 37 sai. Written in pencil below left image: B7 7-30. Written in pencil below right image; B7 7-30. Written in pencil, top left corner: 126.
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