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[Tamura Raisuke, 52 sai, 9-1-42]

Hoshida, George [ bio ]

[Tamura Raisuke, 52 sai, 9-1-42]
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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 x 2.75 in., right image 4 x 2.75 in., on sheet 6 x 9.5 in.

Ink portraits of two men, Raisuke Tamura and Junji Oda, at Lordsburg Justice Department Camp, New Mexico, on September 1, 1942 and October 1, 1942, respectively. Both drawings have black line borders.
Left portrait of Raisuke Tamura, age 52, originally from Okayama, Japan. Dressed in a dark three-piece suit, Tamura looks directly at the viewer. He has a crewcut and dark eyebrows. Visible from shoulders up.
Right portrait of Junji Oda, 54 year-old construction worker in Honolulu, Hawaii, originally from Hiroshima, Japan. Oda looks to the left of viewer. He wears a collared shirt or robe over another shirt. He has a crewcut. 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 on left image, bottom right corner: 9-1-42. Written in black ink to left of left image (In Japanese and English): Okayamaken Asakkuchigun Satoshomura / Tamura Raisuke 52. / Green market & Grocery 7710-Aurora Ave. / Charles at Boat House foot of Charles St. / Seattle, Wash. Written in black ink on right image, bottom right corner: 10-1-42. Written in black ink to left of right image (In Japanese): Hiroshimaken Yamagatagun NIbucho / Dogokukenchiku Ukeoigyo Oda Junji / Honorurushi Kaimuki juban 54 sai. Written in pencil, top left corner: 151.

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