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[Sakamoto Masayoshi, 43 sai, 8-16-42]

Hoshida, George [ bio ]

[Sakamoto Masayoshi, 43 sai, 8-16-42]
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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 3.875 x 2.875 in., right image 3.875 x 2.75 in., on sheet 6 x 9.5 in.

Ink portraits of two men, Masayoshi Sakamoto and Shotaro Awaya, at Lordsburg Justice Department Camp, New Mexico on August 16, 1942. Both drawings have black line borders.
Left portrait of Masayoshi Harry Sakamoto, 43 year-old gold miner of Juno, Alaska, originally from Kobe, Japan. Dressed in a cap and a button-down shirt over another shirt, Sakamoto looks directly at viewer. He has a mustache. Visible from shoulders up.
Righ portrait of Shotaro Awaya, age 62, of Kohala, Hawaii, originally from Yamaguch, Japan. Awaya looks directly at viewer through glasses. He has a crewcut and wears a dark button-down 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: 8-16-42. Written in black ink to left of left image (In Japanese and English): Hyogoken Kobeshi Nakamichidori 3-6 banchi / Arasuka Junoshi Sakamoto Masayoshi 43 sai / Gold Mine / Harry Sakamoto. Written in black ink to left of right image (In Japanese): Yamaguchiken Funagun Shikinomura aza Hashiranoichi / kenzaichi Hawai to Khora Niri / Awaya Shotaro 62 sai. Written in pencil below right image: B6 8-15. Written in pencil, top left corner: 141.

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