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[Shindo Takuji]

Hoshida, George [ bio ]

[Shindo Takuji]
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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 4.125 x 3 in., right image 4.125 x 3 in., on sheet 6 x 9.5 in.

Portraits of two men, Takuji Shindo (frontal) and Kishin Yamakawa (three-quarter view) at Lordsburg Justice Department Camp, New Mexico. Both drawings have double lined border and Japanese identification.
Left drawing depicts Takuji Shindo, druggist of Hilo, Hawaii originally from Shinki, Kawakami village, Kamo district, Hiroshima prefecture, Japan. Dressed in an undershirt, Shindo looks directly at viewer. He has a crewcut and a slight double chin. His face is lined.
Right drawing depicts Kishin Yamakawa, a Japanese language school teacher from Hilo, Hawaii originally from Nakiji village, Gami district, Okinawa prefecture, Japan. Yamakawa are downcast looking to bottom left. He wears a button-down shirt with pocket.

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, left of left image (In Japanese): Hiroshimaken Kamogun Kawakamimura Shonki / Hawai to Hiroshi Shotenshu / Shindo Takuji. Written in black ink, left of right image (In Japanese): Okinawaken Gamigun Nakijimura Aza Kori 166 / Hawai Hiroshi Kilaueagai 2489 / Hiro dokuntsu Nihongo Gakko kyoshi / Yamakawa Kishin. Written in pencil, below left image: B4 7-29. Written in pencil, below right image: 7-31.

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