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[Maehokama Shobun, 36 sai, 9-26-42]

Hoshida, George [ bio ]

[Maehokama Shobun, 36 sai, 9-26-42]
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H: 6 in, W: 9.5 in

Lordsburg, N.M., 1942-1943


Gift of June Hoshida Honma, Sandra Hoshida and Carole Hoshida Kanada


2 drawings on paper, laminated (1 sheet) : ink ; left image 4 x 2.75 in., right image 4 x 2.75 in., on sheet 6 x 9.5 in.

Ink portraits of two men, Shobun Maehokama and Ushimoji, at Lordsburg Justice Department Camp, New Mexico on September 26, 1942 and March 21, 1943, respectively. Both drawings have black line borders.
Left portrait of Shobun Maehokama, 36 year-old Judo instructor and bonesetter in Honolulu, Territory of Hawaii, originally from Okinawa. Maehokama looks directly at the viewer through hexagonal shaped glasses. He has a square jaw and a receding hairline. He is dressed in a button-down shirt. Balck ink stain top right edge.
Right portrait of Ushimoji, 34 year-old fisherman, originally from Wakayama, Japan. Ushimoji is turned slightly to the left and looks to left. Dressed in a henley shirt, he has short hair and an unlined face.

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: 9-26-41. Written in black ink to left of left image (In Japanese and English): Okinawaken Nakagamigun Katsurenson [unreadable] / Beiryo Hawai Honorurushi 4026 Hoku Ave / Judo kyoshi sekotsushi 36 sai / Maehokama Shobun / 1906. Written in black ink on right image, bottom right corner: 3-21-43. Written in black ink to left of right image (In Japanese): Wakayamaken Nishimuragun [unreadable] / Ushimoji [unreadable] 34 sai / Gyogyo. Written in pencil, top left corner: 160.

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