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[Sugimachi Yaeju, 42]

Hoshida, George [ bio ]

[Sugimachi Yaeju, 42]
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H: 6 in, W: 9.5 in

Lordsburg, N.M., ca.1942


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, Yaeju Sugimachi and Genji Mihara, at Lordsburg Justice Department Camp, New Mexico, ca. August 6, 1942. Both drawings have black line borders.
Left portrait of Yaeju Sugimachi, age 42, originally from Hokkaido, Japan. Dressed in a dark button-down shirt and goatee, Sugimachi is turned slightly to the right. Visible from the shoulders up.
Right portrait of Genji Mihara, age 52, originally from Shimane, Japan. Mihara wears a button-down shirt and suspenders. He looks to the right of viewer. 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 and English): Hokkaido Kitamiyoshinomura Ushimachi / 64 W. DelMar St., Pasadena Calif. / Sugimachi Yaeju (42). Written in pencil below left image: B6 8-6. Written in black ink to left of right image (In Japanese and English): Shimaneken Hikawagun Nishihamamura Mihara Genji (52) / 423-10th AVE. SEATTLE, WASH. Written in pencil below right image: Copy / B6 8-6. Written in pencil, top left corner: 140.

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