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[Morihara Yusaku, 7-29-42]

Hoshida, George [ bio ]

[Morihara Yusaku, 7-29-42]
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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 4.125 x 3 in., right image 4.125 x 3 in., on sheet 6 x 9.5 in.

Ink portraits of two men, Yusaku Morihara and Ichiju Kinoshita, at Lordsburg Justice Department Camp, New Mexico, July 24, 1942 and July 31, 1942, respectively. Both drawings have double black line borders.
Left portrait of Yusaku Morihara, a shop owner in Honaunau, Hawaii, originally from Yamaguchi, Japan. Morihara wears a shirt under a button-down shirt and faces the viewer as he looks to the left. He has a mustache and curling hair on top. Horizontal lines in background. Visible from shoulders up.
Right portrait of Kazuji Kinoshita, a farmer in Pepekeo, Hawaii, originally from Hiroshima, Japan. Kinoshita wears a button-down shirt buttoned at top. He has a crewcut and eyes are downcast in a narrow face. 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): Yamaguchiken Kugagun Shinjomura aza Hayashi / Hawai to Kona Honaunau 31 / Shotenshu Morihara Yusaku. Written in pencil below left image: B4 7-29. Written in black ink to left of right image (In Japanese): Hiroshimaken Akigun Fujimura aza Sunahara / Hawai to Pepekeo / Nogyo Kinoshita Ichiju. Written in pencil below right image: 7-31-42. Written in pencil, top left corner: 122.

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