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Hoshida, George [ bio ]

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H: 9.5 in, W: 6 in

Denson, Ark., 1943-1944


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


2 drawings on paper (1 sheet) : ink ; top image 4.25 x 6 in., bottom image 5.25 x 6 in., on sheet 9.5 x 6 in.

Ink sketches of two girls and a scene from a comedy skit "Atarimaeyo." Sketches divided by a horizontal blue line.
Top sketch of two girls seated facing left. Girl on left wears a blouse, skirt and bow in hair as she sits with her legs stretched out in front of her. The girl seated behind her on the right sits with legs crossed while looking down at something in her hands.
Bottom sketch of the backs of a couple, Ayano and Ito, in a scene of "Atarimaeyo." The man, Ayano, stands on left wearing a hat and coat. The woman, Ito, appears on right in a long coat and shawl ; her hair is piled up on her head.
Drawing 97.106.2EF 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 blue ink on bottom image (In Japanese and English): Sungeki "Atarimaeyo" / Ayano / Ito

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