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[Nishii Kosa, 41 sai, 8-5-42]

Hoshida, George [ bio ]

[Nishii Kosa, 41 sai, 8-5-42]
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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, 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, Kosa Nishii and Goro Mochizuki, at Lordsburg Justice Department Camp, New Mexico on August 5, 1942. Both drawings have black line borders.
Left portrait of Kosa Nishii, 41year-old missionary for the San Diego Buddhist church, originally from Kumamoto, Japan. Dressed in a dark button-down shirt, Nishii has a mustache and his hair is parted on proper left. Faces viewer and is visible from shoulders up.
Right portrait of Goro Mochizuki, 39 year-old Judo and Kendo instructor of Portland, Oregon, originally from Shizuoka, Japan. Dressed in a button-down shirt and glasses, Mochizuki is turned slightly to left and looks tor left edge. He has a widow's peak and lines on forehead.

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): Kumamotoken Tamanagun Takasemachi / Hokubei Kashu Sankoshi / San Diego Bukyokai Shuzai / Hongwanji Kaikyoshi Nishii Kosa / 41 sai. Written in pencil below left image: B5 8-5-42. Written in black ink left of right image (In Japanese): Shizuokaken Shimizushi Ejiricho Otemachi / Oregonshu Portorandoshi Nishiketa 3 gai 4 / Ju Kendo kyoshi Mochizuki Goro / 39 sai. Written in pencil below right image: B3 8-5-42. Written in pencil, top left corner: 134.

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