Arthur Akira Morihara memorial service (died in action at Italy, Oct. 23, 1943) : S.F. Det.St. BK-58, 11-28-43 - 7:30 PM
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Santa Fe, N.M.,
Gift of June Hoshida Honma, Sandra Hoshida and Carole Hoshida Kanada
1 drawing on paper, laminated : ink ; 6 x 9.5 in.
Ink sketch of barracks interior filled with people sitting on beds for Arthur Akira Morihara's memorial service at Barracks 58, Santa Fe Justice Department Camp, New Mexico on November 28, 1943, 7:30 PM. Morikawa died in action in Italy on October 23, 1943 ; his father was Usaku Morihara of Honaunau, Kona, Hawaii. Viewed from the back of the room, rows of men face away from the viewer toward Reverend D Kanada of Hilo, standing at right in the back. Other men identified in back rows: O. Ozaki, [unreadable], Imamura, Y.Hata, Kusano. Rafters are visible and lights are on. Drawing 97.106.2DN on verso of same sheet.
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, top right: Arthur Akira Morihara / Memorial service / (Died in action at Italy / Oct. 23, 1943) / Father - Usaku Morihara / Honaunau, Kona, Hawaii / S.F. Det.St. / BK-58 / 11-28-43 - 7:30 PM.
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