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[Fujita Sawaichi, 7-28-42]

Hoshida, George [ bio ]

[Fujita Sawaichi, 7-28-42]
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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 4.125 x 3 in., right image 4.125 x 3 in., on sheet 6 x 9.5 in.

Ink portraits of two men, Sawaichi Fujita and Keizo Takata, at Lordsburg Justice Department Camp, New Mexico on July 28, 1942. Both drawings have black double line borders.
Left portrait of Sawaichi Fujita, tinsmith in Hilo, Hawaii, originally from Hiroshima, Japan. Dressed in a wide-collared shirt, Fujita is turned slightly to the right and looks to the right. He has a mustache, dark eyebrows, short hair and a lined forehead. Visible from the shoulders up. Vertical line background.
Right portrait of Keizo Takata, store owner in Hawi, Hawaii, originally from Hiroshima, Japan. Takata faces the viewer dressed in a button-down shirt and full beard. He has a mole on his proper right cheek and lined forehead. Visible from shoulders up. Vertical line 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: 7-28-42. Written in black ink to left of left image (In Japanese): Hiroshimaken Hiroshimashi Nihocho / Hawai to HIroshi 100 Rihiwaigai / Seikangyo Fujita Sawaichi. Written in black ink on right image, bottom right corner: 7-28-42. Written in black ink and pencil to left of right image (In Japanese): Hiroshimaken Fukuyawashi Furumiyacho Onishishitennai / Hawai to Hawai Yukan 17 / Shotenshu Takata Keizo. Written in pencil below right image: Copy. Written in pencil, bottom left corner: 118.

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