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[Kanno Kanshichi, 37 sai, 3-21-43]

Hoshida, George [ bio ]

[Kanno Kanshichi, 37 sai, 3-21-43]
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H: 6 in, W: 9.5 in

Lordsburg, N.M., 1943


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


2 drawings on paper, lamintated (1 sheet) : ink ; left image 4.125 x 2.75 in., right image 4.125 x 2.75 in., on sheet 6 x 9.5 in.

Ink portraits of two men, Kanshichi Kanno and Kotaro Nakamura, at Lordsburg Justice Department Camp, New Mexcio on March 21, 1943. Both drawings have black line borders.
Left portrait of Kanshichi Kanno, 67 year-old railroad worker of Seattle, Washington, originally from Fukushima, Japan. Kanno faces the viewer dressed in a vest and button-down shirt. His hair is cropped above his ears and his brow is lined. Visible from shoulders up.
Right portrait of Ryotaro Nakamura, 64 year-old jewelry manufacturer, originally from Oita, Japan. White-haired Nakamura faces the viewer wearing a jacket over a button-down shirt. He has a receding hairline above a lined brow. 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 left corner: 3-21-43. Written in black ink to left of left image (In Japanese): Fukushimaken Dategun Okidomura / Tetsudokofu Kanno Kanishichi 37 sai / Shiatoru Washingutonshu. Written in black ink on right image, bottom left corner: 3-21-43. Written in black ink to left of right image (In Japanese): Oitaken Oitashi / Nakamura Kotaro 64 sai / Shiatoru Washinguton Kirinzobu suzo. Written in pencil, top left corner: 161.

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