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[Kagawa Katsujiro]

Hoshida, George [ bio ]

[Kagawa Katsujiro]
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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 4.125 x 3 in., right image 4.125 x 3 in., on sheet 6 x 9.5 in.

Ink portraits of two men, Katsujiro Kagawa and Yoshio Koike, at Lordsburg Justice Department Camp, New Mexico. Both drawings have double black line borders,
Left portrait of Katsujiro Kagawa, manager at S. Hata in Hilo, Hawaii, orginally from Kagoshima, Japan. Dressed in a button-down shirt, Kagawa looks to the right of the viewer. He has a mustache and crewcut. Visible from shoulders up.
Right portrait of Yoshio Koike, 59 year-old principal of McCully Japanese Language School in Honolulu, Hawaii, originally from Hiroshima, Japan. Koike looks through round-rimmed glasses to left of viewer. He is dressed in a button-down shirt. Visible from shoulders up. Black stain ouside of border, 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.

Writte in black ink to left of left image (In Japanese): Hiroshimaken Hiroshimashi Sakaimachi ichichome 36 banchi / Hawai to Hiroshi Kamehmehagai / S. Hata shokai / Shihaimin Kagawa Katsujiro. Written in pencil below left image: B4 7-24. Written in black ink left of right image (In Japanese): Hiroshimaken Konugun Tasomura aza Mokuya / Hawai Honorurushi Makare Nihongo gakko 59 sai / Kocho Koike Yoshio. Written in pencil below right image: B7 7-30. Written in pencil, top left corner: 124.

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