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[Okada Jiro, 42 sai]

Hoshida, George [ bio ]

[Okada Jiro, 42 sai]
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H: 6 in, W: 9.5 in

Lordsburg, N.M., ca. 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 2.875 in., on sheet 6 x 9.5 in.

Ink portraits of two men, Jiro Okada and Mistuomi Yamane, at Lordsburg Justice Department Camp, New Mexico, ca. July 30, 1942. Both drawings have black line borders.
Left portrait of Jiro Okada, a 42 year-old who works with cars in Honolulu, Hawaii, originally from Hiroshima, Japan. Okada has a crew cut, glasses, and is dressed in a button-down shirt. Visible from shoulders up.
Right portrait of Mitsuomi Yamane, a 28 year-old Jodoshu monk in Makiki, Honolulu, Hawaii, originally from Shimane, Japan. Dressed in an undershirt and turned three-quarters view, looking left. He has a small mustache. Visible from 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 to left of left image (In Japanese): Hiroshimaken Hibigun Nishijomachi Hirako / Hawai Honorurushi Keanugai 3555 / Okada Jiro / 42 sai. jidoshagyo. Written in black ink to left of right image (In Japanese): Shimaneken Miyogun Masudamcahi / Honoruru Makiki 1249 / Jodoshu Kaikyoshi / Yamane Mitsuomi / 28 sai. Written in pencil below left image: B7 7-30. Written in pencil below right image: B3 7-30. Written in penicl, top left corner: 129.

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