12-5-43 - 7 PM at Amarillo, Texas
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Gift of June Hoshida Honma, Sandra Hoshida and Carole Hoshida Kanada
4 drawings on paper (1 sheet) : ink ; 9.5 x 6 in.
Ink rough portrait sketches of four men identified by inscription, Hideo Mochizuki, Imada, Momoto Okura and Kuniyo Ishimoto, at Amarillo, Texas on December 5, 1943, 7 PM on their way to Jerome concentration camp in Denson, Arkansas. All men wear suits and hats.
Top left portrait sketch of Hideo Mochizuki, a fully beardly man wearing a dark hat and a coat with wide lapels. Mochizuki looks the to the right through wire-rimmed glasses. Visible from chest up.
Top right portrait of Imada, a clean shaven man in jacket, tie, and a small brimmed hat. Imada looks to the right through wire-rimmed glassses. Visible from chest up.
Bottom left portrait of Momoto Okura, a strong-jawed man in jacket, tie and fedora. Okura looks directly at viewer. Visible from chest up.
Bottom right portrait of Kuniyo Ishimoto, a mustached man in dark jacket and a tilted fedora. Ishimoto has two circles around eyes to indicate glasses. His eyes are downcast. Visible from chest up.
Drawing 97.106.2DV 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 below each portrait, top row (left to right): Hideo Mochiuki, Imada. Written in black ink below each portrait, bottom row (left to right): Momoto Okura, Kuniyo Ishimoto. Written in pencil, bottom left corner: 74.
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