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T/5 Shoji Fujishima, 1-19-44

Hoshida, George [ bio ]

T/5 Shoji Fujishima, 1-19-44
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H: 6 in, W: 9.5 in

Denson, Ark., 1944


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


2 drawings on paper, laminated (1 sheet) : ink, pencil ; left image 4.125 x 2.625 in., right image 4.125 x 2.75 in., on sheet 6 x 9.5 in.

Ink portraits of two men, Shoji Fujishima and Haruto Morikawa, at Jerome concentration camp, Denson Arkansas on January 19, 1944. Both drawaings have blue ink border.
Left portrait of Shoji Fujishima, T/5 of Student Battalion, Company C, Barracks F, Camp Savage, Minnesota. Fujishima is turned slightly to the right and looks down at lower right. He is dressed in coat with wide lapels and a patch on proper right arm with two chevrons above letter T. Visible from chest up. Pencil sketch marks visible.
Right portrait of Haruto Morikawa, #30103929, 30 year-old Private of Company E, 442nd Infantry Battalion, Camp Shelby, Mississippi. Morikawa is dressed in Army uniform with hat. He looks directly at viewer. Visible from chest up. Pencil sketch marks visible.

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: 1-19-44. Written in black ink below left image: T/5 Shoji fujishima / Student Bttn.-Co.C. / Barrack F / Cam Savage, Minn. Written in black ink on right image, bottom right corner: 1-9-44 / at Jerome R.C. Written in black ink below right image: Pvt. Haruto Morikawa - Age 30 / Co. E 442nd Infantry #30103929 / Camp Shelby, Miss. Written in pencil, top left corner: 163.

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