[Imamura Asataro, 7-28-42]
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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, Asataro Imamura and Chiei Ikeda, at Lordsburg Justice Department Camp, New Mexico on July 28, 1942. Both drawings have black double line borders.
Left portrait of Asataro Imamura, worker at Makona warehouse in Hawaii, originally from Fukuoka, Japan. Dressed in an undershirt, Imamura is turned to the left and looks to left edge. He has short hair and bags under eyes. Visible from shoulders up. Cross-hatching shading in background.
Right portrait of Asataro Ikeda, a leased farmer in Pahoa, Hawaii, originally from Nagano, Japan. Dressed in a henley shirt and round-rimmed glasses, Ikeda is turned to the left and looks to left of viewer. Visible from shoulders up. Cross-hatching shading in background.
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: 7-18-42. Written in black ink to left of left image (In Japanese): Fukuokaken Chikujogun Shimonshiroimura aza Shimofukano / Hawai to Makona so shigoto / Imamura Asataro. Written in black ink on right image, bottom right corner: 7-18-42. Written in black ink to left of right image (In Japanese): Naganoken Chisagatagun Higashi Shodamura 142 banchi / Hawai to Pahoa Kosakygyo / Ikeda Chiei. Written in pencil, top left corner: 119.
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