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[Takezono Segaku, 37]

Hoshida, George [ bio ]

[Takezono Segaku, 37]
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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 ; in., on sheet 6 x 9.5 in.

Ink portrait of Segaku Takezono at Lordsburg Justice Department Camp, New Mexico on March 29, 1943. Black line border. Takezono, a 37 year-old monk at Wailuku Hongwanji, Maui, Hawaii, originally from Nara, Japan, smiles directly at viewer. Dressed in an undershirt, Takezono has a small mustache and his hair is parted on proper left.

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 image, bottom right corner: 3-29-43. Written in black ink to left of image (In Japanese): Naraken Takaichigun Sakaaimura Mayumi / Hawai Maui to Wailuku Hongwanji / Kaikyoshi / Takezono Segaku 37. Written in pencil, top left corner: 162.

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