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[Nakagawa Neichiro]

Hoshida, George [ bio ]

[Nakagawa Neichiro]
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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 4.125 x 3 in., right image 4.125 x 3 in., on sheet 6 x 9.5 in.

Ink portraits of two men, Neichiro Nakagawa and Ryuzo Nakatsu, at Lordsburg Justice Department Camp, New Mexico. Both drawings have double black line borders.
Left portrait of Neichiro Nakagawa of Hamakua, Hawaii, originally from Kumamoto, Japan. Dressed in a button-down shirt with top button buttoned, Nakagawa is turned slightly to the right and looks to right of viewer. He has heavy lidded eyes under dark eyebrows and a crewcut. Visible from the shoulders up.
Right portrait of Ryuzo Nakatsu of Papaiko, Hawaii, originally from Hiroshima, Japan. Dressed in a button-down shirt, Nakatsu looks at viewer . He has a receding hairline and a double-chin. Visible from shoulders up. Black vertical line along left edge.

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): Kumamoto Tamanagun Tsukiyamamura oaza Yamada / hawai to Hamakua Pauhau Kochi Kapafu / Nakagawa Neichiro / Wagakame wa mijikashi hinaga hinaga kana jugaku [poem translated: my shadow is short, the day is getting longer and longer.] Written in pencil below left image: B4 7-29. Written in black ink to left of right image (In Japanese): Hiroshimaken Saikigun [unreadable] / Hawai to Papiko Onomea kochi / Shosahin Nakatsu Ryuzo. Written in pencil below right image: B4 7-30. Written in pencil, top left corner: 121.

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