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Feb. 12, 1944
Gift of June Hoshida Honma, Sandra Hoshida and Carole Hoshida Kanada
2 drawings on paper (1 sheet) : ink ; top image 4.5 x 6 in., bottom image 5 x 6 in., on sheet 9.5 x 6 in.
Ink sketches of audience and performers at anniversary of people from Hawaii at Jerome Relocation Center, Denson, Arkansas on February 12, 1944.
Top sketch of eight people seated in audience facing left. Man with glasses in foreground leans foreward resting chin in his left hand ; man on right leans back in chair.
Bottom sketch of six people, thee identified by inscription. From left to right: a man, Tanaka, in costume with headkerchief holds an object in his hand, visible from knee up ; bearded man in profile visible from chest up ; woman in kimono with bow in hair ; man, Okamura viewed from back, visible from legs up. In foreground, two figures sit and talk together.
Drawing 97.106.2EK on recto 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 left corner: 2-12-44.
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