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[Saegusa, 53 sai, 10-1-42]

Hoshida, George [ bio ]

[Saegusa, 53 sai, 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 ., right image 4.125 x 2.875 in., on sheet 6 x 9.5 in.

Ink portraits of two men, Saegusa and Shinji Tokushiro, at Lordsburg Justice Department Camp, New Mexico on October 1, 1942. Both drawings have black line borders.
Left portrait of Saegusa, 53 year-old of Honomu Hongwanji, Hawaii, originally from Hiroshima, Japan. Dressed in mandarin collared shirt, Saegusa looks to the right of viewer. He has a small mustache and glasses. Visible from shoulders up.
Right portrait of Shinji Tokushiro, 63 year-old owner of Hawai Mainichi newspaper in Hilo, Hawaii, originally from Hiroshima, Japan. Turned three-quarter view, Tokushiro looks to the left. He has a mustache and short wavy hair. He has glasses and is dressed in a mandarin collared shirt. 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 Yamagatagun [unreadable] / Saegusa [unreadable] 53 sai / Hawai to Honomu Hongwanji. 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 Kamogun Nishishimamura / Hawai Hiroshi Tokushiro Shinji 63 sai / Hawai Mainichi shinbun keisha. Written in pencil, top left corner: 152.

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