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[Takeda Kazuto, 9-21-42]

Hoshida, George [ bio ]

[Takeda Kazuto, 9-21-42]
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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


1 drawing on paper, laminated : ink ; 3.75 x 2.75 in., on sheet 6 x 9.5 in.

Ink portraif of a man, Kazuto Takeda, at Lordsburg Justice Department Camp, New Mexico on September 21, 1942 on right side of sheet. Takeda, a trade and investment company president and manager and insurance agency agent in Kauai, Hawaii, originally from Hiroshima, Japan, looks directly at the viewer. Dressed in a dark button down shirt, he has a mustache and hair combed back. 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 image, bottom right corner: 9-21-42. Written in black ink to left of image (In Japanese): Gensekishi Hiroshima Asagun Kuchimura 257 / Shozaichi Beiryo Hawai Kauai to Waimeamachi / Takeda Kazuto / Shoji toshi kabushiki gaisha shacho ken shihainin / Kakushu hoken dairiten.

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