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[Tamigawa Tamazo, 69, 10-1-42]

Hoshida, George [ bio ]

[Tamigawa Tamazo, 69, 10-1-42]
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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, laminated (1 sheet) : ink ; left image

Ink portraits of two men, Tamazo Tanigawa and Hideo Tanaka, at Lordsburg, N.M. on October 1, 1942 and October 18, 1942, respectively. Both drawings have black line borders.
Left portrait of Tamazo Tanigawa, age 69, of Sacramento, California and Tokyo, Japan, originally from Hiroshima, Japan. Tanigawa is turned three-quarter view facing right. He has a strong chin and short hair parted on proper right. Visible from the shoulders up. Black ink smear at top.
Right portrait of Hideo Tanaka, 40 year-old who worked for Hawaii Hochi newspaper in Honolulu, Hawaii, originally from Fukuoka, Japan. Dressed in military uniform, Tanaka is turned to the left, gazing away from viewer. He has a mustache and is parted on proper left. 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: 10-1-42. Written in black ink to left of left image (In Japanese): Hiroshimaken Kamagun Nishishiwamura aza Okuya / Tokyoshi Takasakaku Aoyama Minamicho 5 chome 45 denwa Aoyama 5820 / Kashu Sakuramentogun Furorimura 232 zakasho / Tanigawa Tamazo 69. Written in black ink on right image, bottom right corner: 10-18-42. Written in black ink to left of right image (In Japanese): Fukuokaken Ongagun Okagakimura / Hawai Honorurushi Hawai Hochisha / Tanaka Hideo 40 sai. Written in pencil, top left corner: 158.

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