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[Kigeki "Joson danhi" : 2-12-44 Jerome]

Hoshida, George [ bio ]

[Kigeki "Joson danhi" : 2-12-44 Jerome]
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H: 9.5 in, W: 6 in

Denson, Ark., 1944


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


4 drawings on paper (1 sheet) : ink ; 9.5 x 6 in.

Ink sketches of scenes from a Japanese play for the anniversary of people from Hawaii at Jerome Relocation Center, Denson, Arkansas, called "Joson danhi" or "Women respected, men disrespected," depicting women and men engaged in various leisure activities.
Top left sketch of a woman, Kasunoki, dressed in a kimono and carrying an umbrella standing with her back to the viewer.
Top left sketch of two women, Kusumoto and Ito, in kimono seated at a cloth covered table talking. Kusumoto sits in profile and has her proper right hand raised with index finger pointing.
Bottom left sketch of two men walking and carrying fishing poles and creels. Both men wear hats and face right.
Bottom right sketch of two men seated at a cloth covered table drinking. Man in foreground holds a drink in his proper right hand.
Drawing 97.106.2EH 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, top right (In Japanese and English): 2-12-44 [underlined] / Jerome [underlined] / Kigeki "Joson danhi." Written in blue ink on top left image: Kusunoki. Written in blue ink on top right image: Kusumoto | Ito. Written in pencil, bottom left corner: 85.

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