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[Shigenaga Shigeo, 41 sai]

Hoshida, George [ bio ]

[Shigenaga Shigeo, 41 sai]
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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 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, Shigeo Shigenaga and Usaburo Katamoto, at Lordsburg Justice Department Camp, New Mexico. Both drawings have black line borders.
Left portrait of Shigeo Shigenaga, 41 year-old Venice Cafe owner of Honolulu, Hawaii, originally from Hiroshima, Japan. Shigenaga has a full mustache and beard and looks to left of viewer. He is dressed in a dark button-down shirt and a strand of hair falls on his forehead. Visible from shoulders up.

Right portrait of Usaburo Kishimoto, a shipbuilder originally from Ehime, Japan. Turned to the left, Kishimoto looks to left edge. He has a mustache and his hair is combed back. He 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 to left of left image (In Japanese and English): Hiroshimaken Hibagun Shikishinomura / Benisu shokudo Shigenaga Shigeo / 41 sai / 28 Wyllie St. Honolulu. Written in pencil below left image: Copy. Written in black ink to left of right image (In Japanese and English): Ehimeken Onsengun [unreadable] Zosengyo / Katamoto Usaburo / 842 Ala Moana Rd. / Honolulu Hawaii. Written in pencil below right image: Copy / B5 8-6. Written in pencil, top left corner: 132.

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