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Kenichi Maehara, age 62, H.Nat.Park, Hawaii, 7-28-42

Hoshida, George [ bio ]

Kenichi Maehara, age 62, H.Nat.Park, Hawaii, 7-28-42
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drawing
H: 6 in, W: 9.5 in
ink
paper
laminate

Lordsburg, N.M., 1942-1945

(97.106.2AO)

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

Description

2 drawings on paper, lined and laminated (1 sheet) : ink ; left image 4.5 x 3 in., right image 4.5 x 3 in., on sheet 6 x 9.5 in.

Ink portraits of two men, Kenichi Maehara (frontal) and Kinzaemon Odachi (three-quarters view). Both drawings have double black line borders.
Left portrait of Kenichi Maehara, a 62 year-old photographer of Hawaii National Park, Hawaii, originally from Hiroshima, Japan. Maehara looks directly at viewer through round-rimmed glasses. Dressed in a collared shirt, he has a strong jaw and receding hairline. Vertical lines in background. Visible from shoulders up. Black mark outside of border, upper right edge.
Right portrait of Kinzaemon Odachi, 54 year-old President of Tenrikyo in Hilo, Hawaii, originally from Kagoshima, Japan. Turned to the left, Odachi looks to left edge. He has a mustache and hair is parted on proper left. He wears an uncollared shirt. Vertical lines in background. Visible from shoulders up.

Caption
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.

Inscription
Written in black ink on left image, bottom right corner: 7-28-42. Written in black ink below left image: Kenichi Maehara Age 62 H.Nat.Park, Hawaii. Written in black ink to left of left image (In Japanese): Hiroshimaken Kamiishigun Yukimachi / Hawai Kokuritsu Koen Shashinshi Maehara Kenichi / Kanki no ware ni shitashimau kobae kana. Written in black ink on right image, bottom right corner: 7-28-42. Written in black ink below right image: Kinzaemon Odachi Age 54 Hilo, Hawaii. Written in black ink to left of right image (In Japanese): [unreadable] Hiokigun Kushinomura Shimadaira / Hawai to Hiroshi Shincho / Tenrikyo Hirokyokai cho Odachi Kinzaemon. Written in pencil, bottom left corner: 114.

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