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[Sone Tetsunosuke, 59 sai, 9-25-42]

Hoshida, George [ bio ]

[Sone Tetsunosuke, 59 sai, 9-25-42]
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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 2.75 in., right image 4 x 2.75 in., on sheet 6 x 9 in.

Ink portraits of two men, Tetsunosuke Sone and Yakichi Urabe, at Lordsburg Justice Department Camp, New Mexico on Septemeber 25, 1942. Both drawings have black line borders.
Left portrait of Tetsunosuke Sone, 59 year-old Japanese language teacher in Sprecklesville, Hawaii, originally from Niigata, Japan. Sone looks directly at viewer through round-rimmed glasses. He has a broad face with hair parted on proper right. He wears a button-down shirt. Visible from shoulders up.
Right portrait of Yakichi Urabe, Japanese language teacher on Waikapu, Maui, originally from Fukushima, Japan. Urabe faces the viewer dressed in a button-down shirt with horizontal lines over shoulders. He is clean shaven and hair is parted on proper left. He has a double chin. 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, bottom right corner: 9-25-42. Written in black ink to left of left image (In Japanese): Niigataken Iwafunegun Murakamikoncho / Hawai Maui to supurekurusubiru / Nihongo gakko kyoshi Sone Tetusnosuke 59 sai. Written in black ink on right image, bottom right corner: 9-25-42. Written in black ink to left of right image (In Japanese): Fukushimaken Kitaziaugun [unreadable] / Hawai Maui to Waikapu / Nihongo gakko kyoshi Urabe Yakichi. Written in pencil, top left corner: 146.

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