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[Hamasaki Yoshimatsu, 61, 10-9-42]

Hoshida, George [ bio ]

[Hamasaki Yoshimatsu, 61, 10-9-42]
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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, laminated (1 sheet) : ink ; left image 4 x 3 in., right image 4 x 3 in., on sheet 6 x 9.5 in.

Ink portraits of two men, Yoshimatsu Hamasaki and Ren Degawa, at Lordsburg Justice Department Camp, New Mexico on October 9, 1942. Both drawings have black line borders.
Left portrait of Yoshimatsu Hamasaki, 61 year-old Kukuihaile, Hawaii resident, originally from Yamaguchi, Japan. Hamasaki is turned slightly to the left and looks to left of viewer. He is clean shaven, has short hair, lined forehead and angular features. He is dressed in a dark button-down shirt that is buttoned at top and a pencil in proper left pocket. Visible from shoulders up.
Right image of Ren Degawa, 69 year-old Hilo, Hawaii resident, originally from Nagano, Japan. Degawa is turned slightly to the left and looks to left of viewer. Degawa has a lined faced and almost shaved head. He is dressed in a button-down shirt with pockets. 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 on left image: 10-9-42. Written in black ink to left of left image (In Japanese): Yamaguchiken Kumagegun Sagamura / Hawai to Kukuihaire Kochi Hamazaki Yoshimatsu (61). Written in black ink on right image: 10-9-42. Written in black ink to left of right image (In Japanese): Naganoken Hanishinagun Nishijomura / Hawai to Hiroshi Degawa Ren 69. Written in pencil, top left corner: 154.

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