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[Kawabe Sotaro, 52]

Hoshida, George [ bio ]

[Kawabe Sotaro, 52]
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H: 6 in, W: 9.5 in

Lordsburg, N.M., ca.1942-1943


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


2 drawings on paper, lined and laminated (1 sheet) : ink ; left image 3.875 x 2.75 in., right image 3.875 x 2.75 in., on sheet 6 x 9.5 in.

Ink portraits of two men, Sotaro Kawabe and Kengo Kawasaki, at Lordsburg Justice Department Camp, New Mexico. Both drawings have black line borders.
Left portrait of Sotaro Kawabe, 52 year-old merchant of Alaska, originally from Shiga. Kawabe wears a striped button-down shirt over another shirt. He gazes to the right of the viewer. He has a small mustache and his hair is parted on proper right. Visible from shoulders up.
Right portrait of Kengo Kawasaki, a law clerk in Hilo, Hawaii, originally from Hiroshima. Kawasaki looks to the left of viewer through round-rimmed glasses. He is dressed in a button-down shirt and his wavy hair 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 to left of left image (In Japanese): Shigaku Sakatagun Yagiharamachi Umehara 1704 / Shonin Kawabe Sotaro 52 / Arasuka Sewadoshi dai 3 gai 3. Written in pencil below left image: 7-31. Written in black ink to left of right image (In Japanese): Hiroshimashi Funairigawaguchimachi 419-4 / Horitsujimu Kawasaki Kengo / Hawai to Hiroshi Hinanogai 565. Written in pencil below right image: 7-31. Written in pencil, bottom left corner: 115.

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